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TransCanada Offers Hors d’Oeuvres and Lobbying to South Dakota County Officials

As I follow the reports on the Lakota blockade of trucks carrying 115-ton oil industry treater vessels across the Pine Ridge reservation yesterday, I see that our friends from TransCanada are taking another backdoor route to win the hearts, minds, and stomachs of South Dakota officials. The South Dakota Association of County Commissioners holds its spring workshop for commissioners and welfare officials in Pierre two weeks from tomorrow.

Dusty Johnson will kick off the show at the Pierre Ramkota with an opening address. The PUC will present a program on siting pipelines. And then at 5 p.m., our county officials will be treated to a social hosted by our friends from Calgary, TransCanada Pipeline:

South Dakota Association of County Commissions Spring 2012 Workshop Agenda, March 21, with social hosted by TransCanada Pipeline

Enjoy the pickle wraps, fellas... but don't get snookered. Remember: we have what TransCanada wants. Don't give away the farm!

Related: While the feds try to figure out who gets to issue approval for the southern leg of the Keystone XL, TransCanada says it will be ready in just a few weeks to submit plans for the revised Keystone XL route. Expect a change of just 100 to 110 miles with just 20 more miles of pipe to get around the Nebraska Sandhills, says TransCanada honcho Alex Pourbaix


  1. bret clanton 2012.03.06

    Its too late. The farm is already gone.....

  2. Charlie Hoffman 2012.03.07

    bret it looks like our Interstate Commerce law is too.....

  3. larry kurtz 2012.03.07

    Schrodinger's cat walks into a bar...

  4. Steve Sibson 2012.03.07

    And the bi-partisan Beast of Revelation is nearly here:

    It's already been a bad week for the Keystone XL pipeline, but the story continues to unfold: turns out the cozy relationship between the State Department and TransCanada extends beyond the one lobbyist known to be a former campaign staffer with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

    Researchers at the DeSmogBlog have found that several other lobbyists for the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline have close ties to Clinton, and one is known as the "unsung hero" of Obama's successful presidential campaign."Lobbyists with strong ties to Secretary Clinton are spread out over three firms, including one that was the largest single source of funds of any corporate entity to Clinton's 2008 presidential run," DeSmogBlog Executive Director Brendan DeMelle wrote in a memo.

  5. larry kurtz 2012.03.07

    President Clinton knows how to work a campaign way better than you do, Steve: leave the pros alone then go out and get some exercise today.

  6. Steve Sibson 2012.03.07

    Larry, the Dems secretly favor the pipeline, they are only playing games with you to get your vote. Same thing with Obamacare, the GOP is in favor, they want to fool the limited government conservatives to get their vote. Fleming, who recorded, "The Games People Play".

  7. larry kurtz 2012.03.07

    Saying does not make it so Steve.

    The Dems secretly wish the GOP would self-annihilate so we can craft a sustainable future in our image and work toward a time when the Democratic Party can split into its own left and right.

    In the meantime, eat shit and die.

  8. Steve Sibson 2012.03.07

    Larry, If the Dems are successful, then we will have the same tyranny that we currently have in Pierre. And two, the Dems will not be successful because the fascists have contol of the money (Federal Reserve, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, etc.). I feel your pain, I am just trying to help you face reality Larry.

  9. Douglas Wiken 2012.03.07

    Steve's concerns about the relationship of the Clintons to lobbyists is appropriate.

    Of course, he then has to attack all Democrats in nearly the next post.

    The real problem with the PUC having anything to do with this is that we need a tough environmental protection agency in SD with real teeth and real tools that should have first analyzed this before it ever got close to the PUC.

    Montana would not let Trans Canada hired surveyors in prior to environmental hearing and resulting bonding, etc.

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