TransCanada's Keystone pipeline shut after 5000-barrel leak in US

Crews cleaning up Keystone Pipeline leak in Marshall County

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.

The leak occurred just a few days before the Nebraska Public Service Commission is scheduled to make a November 20 announcement of its decision on whether to approve a permit to allow construction of the controversial long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline.

A news release from pipeline-operator TransCanada indicates the company shut down the pipeline around 6:00 AM after detecting a leak.

One of those leaks happened in southeastern North Dakota in May 2011, when 14,000 gallons spilled after a valve failed at a pumping station near the South Dakota border. In April 2016, TransCanada shut down the pipeline after a local resident reported seeing oil seeping to the surface in South Dakota.




The leak was in the Keystone Pipeline located in an agricultural area in Marshall County. It will be the last of three states to make a decision on the pipeline's proposed route. It would carry tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada to refineries on the Gulf Coast. TransCanada is providing state and federal regulators, including the Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration and the National Response Center, with accurate and confirmed information on an ongoing basis.

A protest sign sits in the proposed path of the Keystone XL pipeline, in Silver Creek, Neb. An estimated volume of 5,000 barrels, or 210,000 gallons, leaked.

TransCanada is seeking approval from the Nebraska Public Service Commission for the final section of a second pipeline project, the Keystone XL.

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