The PowerPoint TransCanada doesn’t want you to see

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This PowerPoint presentation, put together by Nebraska nurse Cindy Meyers, contains more information about the dangers of benzene and the risks of the Keystone XL pipeline than most people have seen in their lifetime. That may or may not be the reason TransCanada objected to it being entered into the record in front of the […]

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Tuesday Update: Sue Sibson and the Battle with Keystone I

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This morning, day eight of the South Dakota Keystone XL pipeline hearings, Dakota Rural Action member Sue Sibson took the stand. The Sibsons, husband and wife Mike and Sue, live out near Howard. They’re a good, third-generation South Dakota ranch family; they grow crops and run cattle out on their land. Grass-fed, high-quality beef. The […]

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Monday Update: Keystone XL Permit Hearing, 12 Hours to Oahe

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It’s Monday and we are back in the Capitol building in Pierre, South Dakota, for day seven of the Keystone XL permit certification hearing. Last week the hearings went through Saturday, with the extra day being added on due to the hearings taking longer than the commissioners had expected. With a six-day week, TransCanada’s patience […]

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Mid-Week Update: Keystone XL Permit Hearing – Off the Rails

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We have just concluded the third day of testimony on the Keystone XL permit certification here in Pierre, South Dakota. It’s been a bit of a ride, to say the least – rules seem to change by the hour, TransCanada pulled a witness soon after intervening parties started asking him questions, and at times the […]

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Dakota Rural Action’s Opening Statement on Keystone XL Pipeline Certification

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DRA has intervened in the pipeline certification of TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline. Two of our members, Paul Seamans and John Harter, are here at the hearing as well and will be reading their opening statements later in this process and we’ll post those when they are read. For now, here is the opening statement of […]

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Protect the Plains: DRA and IEN team up to crowdfund!

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<iframe src=”https://www.indiegogo.com/project/a-campaign-to-protect-the-plains/embedded/4861426″ width=”222px” height=”445px” frameborder=”0″ scrolling=”no”></iframe>   The Indigenous Environmental Network and Dakota Rural Action are teaming up to raise funds to support the on-going legal and grassroots fights against Keystone XL and Dakota Access. These two pipeline proposals threaten the Great Plains – and our planet, by deepening our reliance on dirty fossil fuels. […]

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Joint release on Keystone XL hearings heating up in South Dakota

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For immediate Release: APRIL 9, 2015 Contact: Sabrina King, Dakota Rural Action Keystone XL Organizer, (605) 939-0527. Dallas Goldtooth, IEN KXL Organizer, (507) 412-7609   TRIBES AND LANDOWNERS FIGHT TO BE HEARD IN SOUTH DAKOTA PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION (PUC) HEARINGS ON KXL PIPELINE   LATE BREAKING NEWS:  The South Dakota PUC scheduled an “Ad hoc” […]

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Sun Power – Renewable Energy in South Dakota in 2016

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[iframe style=”border:none” src=”http://html5-player.libsyn.com/embed/episode/id/4128234/height/100/width/480/thumbnail/no/render-playlist/no/theme/legacy” height=”100″ width=”480″ scrolling=”no” allowfullscreen webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen oallowfullscreen msallowfullscreen] Wondering if we’re further ahead on solar power in 2016? Find out in our conversation with Dennis Williams of Williams Power Systems. Check out this episode!

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Get Off the Road, Cyclists! Kidding, You Can Stay.

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[iframe style=”border:none” src=”http://html5-player.libsyn.com/embed/episode/id/4111443/height/100/width/480/thumbnail/no/render-playlist/no/theme/legacy” height=”100″ width=”480″ scrolling=”no” allowfullscreen webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen oallowfullscreen msallowfullscreen] HB 1073, brought by Republican Representative Mike Verchio from Hill City, South Dakota, proposed legislation this year that would have required cyclists dismount and get off the road if someone in a car wanted to pass. The bill understandably brought out the cycling community […]

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