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AMHERST, S.D. (AP) - A South Dakota official says TransCanada Corp. plans to test water from a drainage ditch near the site of a 210,000-gallon oil spill from the Keystone pipeline to determine if it is polluted. Brian Walsh, a manager at the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources, said Monday that officials don't believe the oil is polluting the ditch or leaving the spill site through it.
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard says he hopes people who exercise their First Amendment rights will do so peacefully after a Nebraska commission approved a Keystone XL oil pipeline route through that state. Daugaard said Monday he will continue supporting the proposed pipeline as long as it can be built and operated safely. But Daugaard says he recognizes some residents are disappointed by Nebraska's decision.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - The U.S. State Department is looking into whether Nebraska's approval of a modified route for the Keystone XL pipeline will affect the federal permit that pipeline developer TransCanada received in March. A State Department spokeswoman said Monday that the agency was aware of the Nebraska Public Service Commission's decision and was trying to get more information about it. Federal approval was required because the pipeline would cross the U.S. border from Canada to Phillips County, Montana.
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota U.S. Attorney Randolph Seiler says that he plans to retire from the post he's held since 2015. Seiler's office said Monday that he will depart on Dec. 31. Seiler joined the U.S. Attorney's Office in 1995. President Donald Trump has nominated Ron Parsons, a Sioux Falls attorney who has specialized in appellate and constitutional law, for the U.S. attorney post that Seiler is vacating.
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