RAPID CITY S.D. (KOTA TV) - With the quick approval of two bills meant to deal with protests for the Keystone XL Pipeline, the next step is looking at how that will be implemented.
Both bills require funds to pay for expenses related to pipeline protests. When it comes to deterring riots, law enforcement will step in. Governor Kristi Noem says South Dakota's Department of Public Safety is communicating with other officials to prepare. They have already put in 6,000 hours preparing for the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.
"A lot of time and effort has been invested in making sure that we're doing this in a responsible manner. So that includes talking with folks in North Dakota, those who were on the ground to learn from what went wrong up there and what we could do better in a more efficient manner, but also communicating with local counties, local law enforcement officials, those that will be impacted, community leaders and then obviously with legislators throughout the session," says Noem.
She also said this will not criminalize new activities and only those who do harm will be targeted.