Keystone pipeline leaks more than 200K gallons of oil

Gladys Abbott
November 17, 2017

There were no initial reports of the oil spill affecting waterways, water systems or wildlife, he said.

The South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources heard about the leak at about 10:30 a.m. Thursday, ABC affiliate KSFY reported. TransCanada says on its website that the company has safely transported more than 1.5 billion barrels of oil, or about 63 billion gallons, through the system since operations began in 2010. The pipeline is shut off, and crews have started cleaning up the spill. A portion of the pipeline enters eastern Nebraska at the South Dakota border and exits at Steele City. As CNN points out, it took two months to clean up most of the spill, so there's no telling how long the damage from this disaster may last. TransCanada estimated that just under 17,000 gallons of oil spilled onto private land during that leak.

TransCanada said in its statement that it expected the pipeline to remain shut down as the company responds to the leak.

The leak, which it said happened about 35 kilometres south of its Ludden pump station on a right-of-way, comes as Nebraska Public Service Commission is set to vote on the Keystone XL project on November 20 to clear the last major regulatory hurdle for the $8 billion project.

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Crews, assessing the situation include TransCanada specialists from emergency management, engineering, environmental management and national safety experts, the press release said.

The cause of the leak is not yet known, and Nebraska officials are due to announce their decision on the proposed Keystone XL expansion next week.

"The safety of the public and environment are our top priorities and we will continue to provide updates as they become available", company reps said.

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