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

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

Cleanup crews are responding to a spill of at least 5,000 barrels of oil from the Keystone pipeline in South Dakota that was reported Thursday morning to environmental regulators.

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.

The Keystone pipeline has leaked more than 200,000 gallons of oil in South Dakota, the company for the project said on Thursday.

The company said in a press release that the leak was discovered after a drop in the pipeline's pressure was detected. Based on the safety record of Keystone I, Nebraska's PSC should carefully consider the impacts of TransCanada's much larger Keystone XL pipeline as it weighs its decision on Monday.

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The section of pipe in Marshall County, South Dakota, has been isolated and the company says emergency response procedures were activated.

"Crews, including TransCanada specialists from emergency management, engineering, environmental management and safety as well as contracted, nationally-recognized experts are assessing the situation", the company said.

The pipeline would transport oilsands oil from Alberta through Montana and South Dakota to Nebraska, where it would connect with existing pipelines that feed Texas Gulf Coast refineries. The Keystone XL pipeline has been opposed by environmental and Native American groups since it was proposed previous year.

"We've always said it's not a question of whether a pipeline will spill, but when, and today TransCanada is making our case for us", said campaign director Kelly Martin. TransCanada estimated that just under 17,000 gallons of oil spilled onto private land during that leak.

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