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South Dakota governor Kristi Noem spoke to the media Thursday and continued to make President Joe Biden’s decision to cancel the Keystone XL pipeline permit an issue.  Governor Noem cited a “Washington Examiner” article highlighting a hotel in Midland South Dakota which has lost business with the pipeline work shutting down. 

 

Governor Noem criticized media within the state for not covering the plight of these people affected by the closure of the Keystone XL Pipeline…

 

 

 

 

Though there may be some cases which the pipeline cancelation negatively affected South Dakota workers, Governor Noem could not give any specifics to the actual economic impact…

 

 

 

 

Governor Noem also admitted she has not visited the hotel in Midland she held up as an example of someone being ignored by local media.  She also admitted she has yet to visit any pipeline stations or cities affected by the closure.  She will be speaking February 25th in Maryland and will be at a GOP fundraiser in Texas this weekend.

 

Senate minority leader Troy Heinert of Mission says he agrees with the decision made by President Joe Biden and that he was keeping a promise made on the campaign trail…

 

 

 

Heinert also said he thinks the pandemic is making us look at crude products produced by pipelines like Keystone XL differently…

 

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