South Dakota opponents of a proposed $3.8 billion pipeline to move North Dakota oil east say they worry it could contaminate water supplies and productive farmland and harm habitat for wildlife, including endangered species.
South Dakota's Public Utilities Commission on Tuesday began a two-week hearing on whether to permit the Dakota Access Pipeline. It would move North Dakota crude daily through South Dakota and Iowa to an existing pipeline in Patoka, Illinois.
The Argus Leader reports Rosebud Sioux spokesman Matt Rappold told regulators that the tribe worries pipeline construction or a pipeline spill would impact wildlife. Landowner attorney Glenn Boomsma said his clients fear devaluation of their property.
Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners wants to build the pipeline. Attorney Brett Koenecke said it would be "a solid, sound project."