PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota’s Senate Democratic leader says lawmakers should require the Keystone XL pipeline’s developer to pay into an oil spill cleanup fund and impose more regulations on so-called man camps.
Sen. Troy Heinert said Friday that officials should meet with tribes to hear their concerns. His proposals come a day after Rosebud Sioux Tribe President Rodney Bordeaux addressed the Legislature, saying the pipeline gives his people great anxiety.
The project is being delayed by a federal court that found the Trump Administration didn’t fully consider the environmental effects when it approved the pipeline’s permit. Heinert says he would “just as soon see it not built.”
Bordeaux says he watched with regret as lawmakers passed a 2017 “anti-protest” law. New Gov. Kristi Noem says her staff is reviewing it.
Noem says she supports a “peaceful build.”