STATE’S HIGH COURT DIS­MISSES AP­PEAL AGAINST KEY­STONE XL

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South Dakota’s Supreme Court has dis­missed an ap­peal from op­po­nents of the Key­stone XL oil pipe­line, say­ing a lower court lacked ju­ris­dic­tion to hear their cases. Groups fight­ing Tran­sCanada Corp.’s pipe­line ap­pealed a judge’s de­ci­sion last year up­hold­ing reg­u­la­tors’ ap­proval for the pipe­line to cross the state. But the high court said in a Wednesday rul­ing that jus­tices didn’t “reach the mer­its of

the case” be­cause the lower court didn’t have ju­ris­dic­tion to weigh the ap­peal of the Pub­lic Util­i­ties Com­mis­sion’s de­ci­sion. At­tor­neys for ap­peal­ing groups didn’t im­me­di­ately com­ment. Tran­sCanada spokesman Terry Cunha said Thursday in an email the pipe­line firm is pleased with the court’s de­ci­sion. Key­stone XL would con­nect with other pipe­lines to carry oil to Gulf Coast.

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