Congressmen hold hearing in Philip to hear impacts of Keystone XL shutdown (Audio)

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PHILIP, S.D. (AP) – Residents and business owners upset by the loss of the Keystone XL pipeline gathered in Philip Monday and appealed to three Republican congressman for help in restarting the project.

One of President Joe Biden’s first moves was to revoke Keystone XL’s presidential permit and shut down construction of the long-disputed pipeline that was to carry oil from Canada to Texas.

While the decision was celebrated by some tribal residents, environmental activists and others, others view it as a dagger to small-town business.

Trisha Burns and her husband ranch and operate a wellness center in Philip. She says the loss of Keystone XL is taking a personal toll on people she knows, and she shared one story…

South Dakota Congressman Dusty Johnson says the stories they heard will be critical in restarting the project… 

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Joining Johnson at the meeting were Congressman Kelly Armstrong of North Dakota and Congressman Dan Newhouse of Washington.