Noem Meetings With Keystone Pipeline Offcials Called Concerning By Democratic Legislative Leaders

(WNAX) — A federal judge in Montana ruled that Trans Canada can only do minor preparation work for construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. The judge had earlier blocked construction due to the lack of an environmental review. The proposed pipeline route goes through Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska.  South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem said she has had meetings with Trans Canada officials.  Senate Minority Leader Troy Heinert of Mission says that is a concern…

“You know, that’s an important issue in our community and it should be an important issue in this state. We don’t know what it looks like. We understand that there’ve been some meetings going on with TransCanada right now, but we haven’t heard anything. We don’t know what those meetings are talking about.”

Heinert says the construction could cause some confrontations….

The line is also being held up by court challenges in Nebraska. The latest ruling could delay construction into 2021.