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Published September 18, 2011, 10:04 AM

South Dakota County Sells Land to Canadian Pipeline Company

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A remote 160-acre plot of rolling rangeland in northwest South Dakota has been purchased by a company that plans an oil pipeline from Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast.

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A remote 160-acre plot of rolling rangeland in northwest South Dakota has been purchased by a company that plans an oil pipeline from Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast.

The Rapid City Journal reports (http://bit.ly/ql9ahF ) that Calgary-based TransCanada Corp. purchased the land for $48,000 in Butte County last week at an auction.

The land had been taken over by the county in 1993. It's along the route of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. The county decided to offer the land for sale to the pipeline company rather than negotiating an easement.

TransCanada was the sole bidder. Butte County Commission Chairman Steve Smeenk says the sale will put the property back on the county's tax rolls.

The pipeline would carry crude extracted from tar sands near Hardisty to the Gulf Coast via Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. A spur also is planned to tap into North Dakota's oil patch.

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Information from: Rapid City Journal, http://www.rapidcityjournal.com

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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