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Keystone XL Opponents to Rally at PUC Hearing in Capitol Tuesday

NoKXL Rally, State Capitol, Pierre, South Dakota, January 6, 2015, 9:30 a.m.Session doesn't start until January 13, but dedicated citizens will be heating up the Capitol next week with a rally against the Keystone XL pipeline.

Oceti Rising and Dakota Rural Action are holding a #NoKXL Rally on Tuesday, January 6. They invite all interested citizens (and all citizens should be interested!) to the Public Utilities Commission hearing that starts at 9:30 a.m. in Room 413 of the Capitol. After hearing twelve electrical service territory boundary requests and Northwestern Energy's 20% rate hike request, the PUC will turn to the Yankton Sioux Tribe's motion to dismiss TransCanada's application for re-certification of its Keystone XL permit. As I reported on December 8, the Yankton Sioux Tribe contends that a "Tracking Table of Changes" submitted this fall by TransCanada with its application includes 30 modifications that render the proposed pipeline a different project from that which the PUC permitted in 2010. The tribe thus argues that TransCanada must apply for a whole new permit and submit to a whole new lengthy permit process.

On Monday, Dakota Rural Action and the Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Sioux Tribes filed motions to join the Yankton Sioux Tribe's motion, while the Rosebud Sioux Tribe filed a similar motion to dismiss. TransCanada contends the tribes' argument is illogical; things change, Keystone XL can still meet the permit conditions, and the tribes cite no law, statute, or case law to back their argument. PUC staff attorney Kristen N. Edwards recommends the PUC deny the motion to dismiss, saying that the significance of the listed project changes is better determined in discovery and the evidentiary hearing later this year.

Win or lose before the PUC Tuesday morning, the NoKXL Ralliers will have a prayer rally in the Capitol Rotunda after the hearing.


  1. Paul Seamans 2014.12.31

    I am not that much into praying but these kinds of prayers seem a whole lot different to me. It is more a coming together of people, it is more spiritual and less religious. I like this way of praying directly to the creator rather than having my prayers, what seems like, going through the hierarchy of the church before they get to the creator.

  2. leslie 2015.01.01

    climate change can occur radically-15,000 ya the last ice age ended abruptly in 20 years. (now i get alittle off-topic. surprise!!)

    the north american ice sheet was antarctic or larger in size. e. clausen, MRDBLORP (12.28.11) via @wordpressdotcom

    its weight may have caused tectonic uplifts of the Black Hills and Rocky Mountains.

    gigantic north american glacial melt water floods hundreds of feet deep flowing around the Black Hills, generally NW to SE in direction, evidenced in sediment scouring and deposits spread out between Belle Fouche and Slim Buttes (an erosional residual after up to 300 meters of bedrock removal by high energy rivers in relatively narrow valleys along the ice sheet deposited in a matter of a few years) for example, and extending to the Pine Ridge Escarpment, and Scenic and Sage Creek ampitheater. id., clausen (3.26.14)

    indian people who discovered america came out of siberian steppe country 11,000 ya hunting wooly mammoth herds stampeded over cliffs, evidenced at clovis nm and tucson az. larry todd, univ. nm (NOVA 1994)

    mammoths were used for many purposes, as the north american indian cultures later used buffalo exclusively. mammoths stood 10-12 feet high at the shoulder. 15,000 ya modern humans built prehistoric homes made entirely of bones and tusks from 95 mammoths in the ukraine. reindeer remains were also present. how many mammoths died from human hunting is likely limited. mammoths of ice age, NOVA (1994)

    mammoths isolated on wrangle island in the bering sea survived and adapted until 3500 ya, 7000 years after north america mammoths became extinct. a. lister, mammoths, 2009.

  3. CLCJM 2015.01.01

    Actually, Paul,that's the way prayer was always supposed to work. Some church leaders have claimed prayer, confession and forgiveness has to go through them so they could control people. The church was even selling dispensations and such.That's why the Catholic Church kept everything in Latin for centuries. The hierarchy didn't "trust" the common people to interpret the Bible or church law.If you're being told you have to go through them to pray or receive forgiveness, you're being mislead. That's why Martin Luther rebelled against the Catholic Church. So pray to God directly whether with a group like this or in a church or by yourself. God bless!
    hope you don't mind my comments. Not trying to start any religious wars.Just want people to know they can control their own relationship with God.

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