The Keystone Pipeline Has Leaked 210000 Gallons Of Oil In South Dakota

The Keystone Pipeline Has Leaked 210000 Gallons Of Oil In South Dakota

The company said its crews shut down the Keystone pipeline system early this morning between Hardisty, Alta.to Cushing, Okla., and a line to Patoka, Ill. and that the line is expected to remain shut while it responds to the spill.

TransCanada (NYSE:TRP) says it has shut down part of its Keystone pipeline after 5K barrels of oil leaked in South Dakota. The cause was being investigated.

It appears the oil leaked from a section of the underground pipeline and not at an above-ground pumping station, Walsh said.

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At least 210,000 gallons of crude oil derived from oil sands-a thicker, sticker type of oil than conventional crude-spilled from the pipeline into an agricultural area, according to South Dakota's environment and natural resources agency. It already had been approved by most of the states along the route.

The leak occurred about 3 miles southeast of the community of Amherst. The company said it's working with state regulators and the Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration to assess the situation.

The pipeline runs from Alberta in Canada to the USA border and then straight south through eastern North Dakota, eastern South Dakota and then into Nebraska and Kansas to Cushing, Okla.

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The leak was detected after a drop in pressure in the operating system. In April 2016, TransCanada shut down the pipeline after a local resident reported seeing oil seeping to the surface in South Dakota. Investigators determined a weld problem was to blame in that spill. This does not affect the Marketlink pipeline system, which uses the facilities of the southern leg of the Keystone system from Cushing to the Gulf Coast.

President Donald Trump issued a federal permit for the project in March. Nebraska regulators plan to announce their decision next week.

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