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Janell Cole, Published March 24 2008

Dakota Resource Council appeals Keystone pipeline permit

BISMARCK — Dakota Resource Council has appealed the TransCanada Keystone Pipeline permit to court.

The North Dakota Public Service Commission issued the crude oil pipeline a route permit on Feb. 21.

The DRC filed the appeal Monday in Burleigh County District Court in Bismarck.

The line, set for construction this summer, would bring Canadian tar sand oil through the state on its way to refineries in Illinois and terminals in Oklahoma.

Its appeal says the PSC's order does not comply with state law for several reasons, including that the PSC's order "does not properly consider adverse direct and indirect environmental effects of the proposed route."

The DRC is an environmental and landowners' organization based in Dickinson.

For more details, read Tuesday's Forum.