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South Dakota

Keystone Pipeline System

South Dakota

The South Dakota portion of Keystone XL consists of approximately 316 miles (508 km) of pipeline, starting at the Montana/South Dakota border in northwest Harding County and extending to the Nebraska/South Dakota border in Tripp County. Overall, the pipeline crosses nine counties: Harding, Butte, Perkins, Meade, Pennington, Haakon, Jones, Lyman and Tripp.

There will be seven pump stations in South Dakota: Harding (two), Meade Haakon, Jones and Tripp(two) counties.

The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) approved Keystone XL’s route in 2010 and recertified that approval in 2016. The PUC found Keystone XL will be built and operated safely and with care for the environment while offering the state considerable economic benefits. In January 2020, the South Dakota Water Management Board approved five water permits for Keystone XL, to be used during construction.

South Dakotans will benefit from the economic impact generated by the construction of Keystone XL, which will create 3,500 jobs in South Dakota. The millions spent on housing and services throughout the construction period will help support local businesses in the state, while the taxes paid on those goods services will provide a boost to state and local tax coffers.

Counties also will collect millions in property tax revenue after the pipeline goes into operation.


In your community

Investing in Harding County's future

At TC Energy, our Build Strong program is aimed at identifying organizations, such as the Harding County Community Action Team, which are looking to build stronger futures for their communities. This team is a key distributor of food staples and commodities to those in need.

The Keystone XL donation of $15,000 is an investment towards a more suitable distribution center, serving numerous recipients throughout this sprawling rural county.

Read the story.

Keystone XL -  Ruth Ann Schwartz, Director, Harding County Community Action Team

South Dakota Congressman Dusty Johnson


American energy independence is essential for our economy and national security. The Keystone XL Pipeline is a critical piece of North American energy infrastructure that will decrease our dependence on foreign oil. In a society that values the rule of law, those who follow the rules and meet their burden of proof under the law must be allowed to proceed. Ten years ago the Keystone XL project met their burdens under state law and were given a construction permit. They should be allowed to proceed.”

South Dakota Congressman Dusty Johnson