Monday, April 27, 2009

Keystone Update

Hearings started today over the new proposed Keystone pipeline in the western part of the state, according to the Mitchell Daily Republic, and residents will be able to come and voice their concerns or support for the project.

The new pipeline would be a great way to supply the region with much needed oil resources from a friendly nation—Canada—and also provide many new jobs for South Dakotans.

That benefit must also be weighed against other costs. Residents of the area must have their property rights respected as much as possible in this process, and we also must make sure the pipeline follows a safe path over the easily-erodible soil of the western part of the state and avoid adverse environmental impact as much as possible.

1 comment:

caheidelberger said...

"respected as much as possible": would that include protecting South Dakotans from the use of eminent domain by a foreign power to deprive them of their property rights?