Residents & business owners talk to US Congressmen about impact of stoppage of Keystone XL pipeline

PHILIP, S.D>(KCCR)- Residents and business owners impacted by the stoppage of the Keystone X-L pipeline in Haakon County met with three members of Congress Monday in the hope that their stories could be taken back to Capitol Hill to restart the project.  Jeff Brikeland is C-E-O of West Central Electric Co-operative.  His co-op would have served pump stations across the X-L route in Haakon and Jones Counties.

Trisha Burns and her husband ranch and operate a wellness center in Phillip.  She says the loss of Keystone X-L is taking a personal toll.

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

Johnson was joined by North Dakota Congressman Kelly Armstrong who is sponsoring legislation to restart the pipeline and Congressman Dan Newhouse of Washington who was representing the Western Caucus of states.