TransCanada pushing through a haul agreement with Brule Co

Representatives from TransCanada, Permit Specialist Glenn Taylor and Attorney James Moore, met with Brule County Commissioners at their Tuesday March 19 regular meeting to discuss a Haul Road Agreement with the county, specifically for 376th Avenue from I-90 to the Iron Horse Rail Spur. The TransCanada Keystone XL transcontinental pipeline will transport crude oil from Canada to an existing junction in Steele City, Neb., bisecting South Dakota on route. The haul agreement is needed because of the heavy truck traffic that will be transporting 80 feet long, 36 inch diameter pipe, up to three per truck, from the rail yard to pipeline construction sites west of the river.

TransCanada is responsible for any wear and tear on the road and returning it to the condition it was in before construction started. Deputy State’s Attorney Dave Larson has briefly looked over the agreement and said he thought it was ‘reasonable’; however, he promised he would go over it individually with the highway department before he gave his approval and wanted to delay a vote until he was able to do so.

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