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South Dakota governor on Keystone XL Pipeline presidential order – ‘I’m very disappointed’

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SOUTH DAKOTA (KTIV) - South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem criticized President Joe Biden's decision to end construction on the Keystone XL Pipeline during a Thursday news conference.

The governor said the pipeline not only creates jobs and helps secure an affordable energy supply, but it is also safer for the environment and people.

Noem said it's also safer for the towns the trains and trucks are passing through. She added it is something incredibly important in making sure that soil and water is protected.

"I'm very disappointed that president Biden has used his executive order privilege to cancel the Keystone XL Pipeline. I think it's the wrong policy on energy, it's the wrong policy on the environment, and it's the wrong policy on safety," said Noem.

During the news conference, Noem also announced several pieces of legislation she will be introducing.

She announced two pieces of legislation that will permanently extend health care flexibilities introduced in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The first is the ability for people to access telehealth.

The second piece has to do with recognizing out of state licenses for healthcare providers. This allows them to get people moved into the state and get them licensed so they can immediately deliver health care needs.

Noem said they will allow health care systems to take better care of the state.

"Now with telehealth, we have seen these type of services get accessed over 70,000 times just in regards to our South Dakota Medicaid system. We have seen very few people come up with problems with that, it has facilitated the delivery of healthcare throughout that program, and we think it's a good thing to make permanent," said Noem.

She also introduced a bill that will protect the privacy right of donors who donate to charitable organizations, and one that will ease the permitting process for homebuilders and homeowners in the state.

She said this will allow communities to continue to grow, and families to build homes while keeping costs down for families

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