Builders of the TransCanada oil pipeline say they'll use eminent domain proceedings if they're unable to negotiate easements to cross private land in South Dakota.
The buried pipeline from Canada to Illinois would cover 220 miles in eastern South Dakota.
TransCanada manager "Buster" Gray says eminent domain wouldn't be pursued until late in the year, and that negotiations could continue even after that process is started.
The state Public Utilities Commission must approve the project and held hearings this week on it.
TransCanada has been pursuing easements with private landowners on roughly 500 tracts of land that it would cross in South Dakota.
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