South Dakota's process to re-approve Keystone pipeline draws 3 times more comments

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Three times more individuals and groups than four years ago want to have a say in South Dakota's decision whether to re-approve part of the Keystone XL pipeline that would run through the state if it is ever built, according to filings with the state.

Nearly 45 applications have been submitted to the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission, up from 15 during the original approval process. Most of the individuals and groups have reservations about the project.

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The applications allow a government entity, nonprofit organization or individual to cross-examine witnesses as part of the approval process. The commission on Tuesday is expected to rule on the applications.

One landowner said in his application that he was "bullied" by pipeline operator TransCanada during easement negotiations. The company denies the assertion.