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TransCanada responds to claims made about KXL Pipeline

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President Obama will soon decided whether to approve TransCanada's Keystone XL Pipeline. KSFY News has been following the story closely, including the resistance of local and regional groups to the project.

TransCanada has issued the following response to statements made by pipeline opponents in a story aired April 10. Click on the link provided for the previous story.

TransCanada Statement:

"For more than 60 years, TransCanada has known that a collaborative and mutually beneficial relationship with the communities we live and work in is not only the right thing to do, but also critical to our business interests. For the past five years, we have been working very hard to be open and fair with all South Dakota landowners and tribal communities we have dealt with during the development of the northern leg of the Keystone XL Pipeline. We enter into good faith negotiations to compensate landowners for pipeline easements on their property and we make it clear that we are committed to working not just with the landowners directly involved in our projects, but the broader communities where we operate, over the entire life of our facilities.

"For this project in particular, our success rate with landowners would be very difficult to beat. That is because 100 percent of the private easements needed in the state have been achieved through generous compensation agreements. We consider these landowners now part of the 60,000 Americans and their families who are our partners in delivering the natural gas, oil and electricity that is an essential part of all of our daily lives. That is why it was so unfortunate to see KSFY's recent story focus in on the opinions of a few, rather than seeking an understanding of the collaborative work done to date in the state with landowners."

It is also important to address comments made in the story about our efforts to work with South Dakota's Tribes and ensure that all measures are taken to safeguard neighboring lands and water.

"As we anticipate a decision on the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, we look forward to continuing to build strong relationships with tribal communities along the proposed pipeline route. TransCanada recognizes the diversity and uniqueness of each Tribe, the importance of the land, and the imperative of building relationships based on mutual respect and trust.

"We've been working with many Native American tribes since 2008 and have been keeping them informed throughout the process even though the Keystone XL pipeline doesn't cross any reservation lands or lands held in trust.

"We have a deep level of cultural awareness which allows us to engage in enhanced dialogue with tribal communities including any regulatory or construction concerns surrounding the Keystone XL pipeline. It also provides a foundation for tribal members to become involved in TransCanada's operations.

"Along with maintaining transparency during our operation activities, TransCanada hopes to broaden awareness, understanding and acceptance among individuals of Tribal ancestry about pipelines. Whether through traditional culture initiatives, education and training programs, direct job creation, or the fostering of indigenous contracting, TransCanada encourages the involvement of indigenous cultures and strives to build long-term trust and respect with tribal groups.

Finally it is important we address deeply erroneous statements made about the crude oil transported through this pipeline and where that energy will be used and who will benefit from this important piece of North American energy infrastructure.

"Whether it is from the Canadian oil sands or the U.S. Bakken formation, the crude oil transported by the Keystone XL pipeline behaves like - and is used similarly to - all crude oils that have been a needed supply of energy for Americans for more than 150 years.

"Contrary to comments made, Keystone XL is not an export pipeline and the Koch family is neither a shipper nor a receiver on the pipeline. In fact, Keystone XL represents a continuation of the tremendous and close energy relationship between Canada and the United States –one that will continue to allow Americans access to affordable energy from a friend and neighbor. Canada is already the largest supplier of crude oil to the United States and oil transported by Keystone XL will replace foreign oil from places like Venezuela and the Middle East, and continue to be used to fuel the lives, cars, trucks and tractors of Americans."

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