TransCanada shuts part of Keystone pipeline after South Dakota oil spill

Violet Tucker
November 17, 2017

TransCanada Corp has shut part of its Keystone pipeline after 5,000 barrels of oil leaked in Amherst, South Dakota, the company said on Thursday, four days before the state of Nebraska was due to decide on an expansion of the system.

"Ultimately, the cleanup responsibility lies with TransCanada, and they'll have to clean it up in compliance with our state regulations", Brian Walsh, an environmental scientist manager at the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, told the station.

The conduit is not the controversial and long-delayed Keystone XL Pipeline which TransCanada is still shepherding through the approval process. Oil hasn't contaminated waterways or drinking water sources, authorities say. It also can be harder to clean up than conventional crude; when Enbridge, a different pipeline company, spilled 900,000 gallons of dilbit in the Kalamazoo River in MI in 2010, it took years and more than $1 billion to clean up.

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Crews shut down the pipeline about 6 a.m., according to the company's website, after a drop in pressure was detected in its operating system resulting from an oil leak that is under investigation. The company said it's working with state regulators and the Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration to assess the situation.

TransCanada said they also are getting support of local officials, area emergency response personnel and commissioners in Marshall County, as well as the landowner who has given permission to access land for assessment, identification and clean-up activities.

The company said the pipeline will remain shut down for the time being. 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.

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