STATE’S HIGH COURT DISMISSES APPEAL AGAINST KEYSTONE XL
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.