Editorial: Keystone XL Pipeline deserving extra scrutiny

"Public interest in the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline has grown exponentially in recent months.

The pipeline, which would carry oil from Canada to refineries in the southern United States, would cross several states including South Dakota.

In recent weeks, activists, demonstrators and others have called attention to concerns about the pipeline. Up to this point, most of the concern about the safety and soundness of the pipeline construction plan was being raised in other states. Nebraska, for instance, is holding a special legislative session this week to discuss the issue.

Last week, South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard decided to ask for more protections from TransCanada. According to his spokesman, Dauagaard will seek a series of additional provisions including encircling the pipeline with concrete or rock in the areas over water tables. He may also seek a performance bond to cover spill cleanup costs and other protections."

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