Bill To Be Introduced On Paying For Pipeline Spills

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PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – As plans are being made to construct the Keystone XL pipeline, South Dakota lawmakers are proposing legislation that would require oil companies to pay for cleaning up any pipeline spills or leaks ain the state.

The State-Tribal Relations Committee on Wednesday agreed to sponsor the bill in the 2020 legislative session at the request of the tribes.

The bill would require companies to contribute to a state fund based on the pipeline’s length with a cap of $100 million. Opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline point to a recent spill in northeastern North Dakota in raising concerns about management of the pipeline.

The Keystone XL will run from Alberta, Canada, to southeast Nebraska where it will join the existing Keystone pipeline. It’s route runs diagonally from the northwest corner of South Dakota and crosses the Nebraska line at roughly the midpoint of the border.