5000 barrels of oil leaked from Keystone Pipeline in South Dakota

Posted November 17, 2017

TransCanada says that expects the pipeline to remain shut down as the company responds to the leak.

The leak occurred just days before the Nebraska Public Service Commission was due to announce a decision on Keystone XL, a 830,000-barrel expansion through the state, that has stirred a lot of controversy.

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The company said that crews shut down the pipeline Thursday morning after a drop in pressure was detected resulting from an oil leak that's under investigation.

The Sierra Club is urging Nebraska regulators to reject the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline after TransCanada Corp.'s existing Keystone pipeline leaked an estimated 210,000 gallons of oil in South Dakota. The pipeline is not yet ten years old - and has leaked dozens of times, spilling hundreds of thousands of gallons along its route.

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Keystone carries crude from the oil sands in Canada to refineries in IL and Texas, and to a distribution center in Oklahoma.

The federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration didn't immediately return an email requesting additional information from The Associated Press.

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The same pipeline leaked about 17,000 gallons past year near Freeman, South Dakota. The spill on the first Keystone pipeline is the latest in a series of incidents that critics of the new pipeline say shows that TransCanada should not receive another permit. The project has been delayed for several years and was revived this year through an executive order by President Trump.

The pipeline is a segment of the 2,687-mile TransCanada system that is set to also include the controversial proposed Keystone XL pipeline, which is promised to be the safest pipeline ever built in North America by the company. The project has received needed approvals in states between Alberta, Canada, and Nebraska.

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