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17 November 2017, 01:35 | Melanie Burgess
TransCanada pipeline leaks 210000 gallons of oil near SD, ND border
TransCanada, the company that owns and operates the Keystone Pipeline, says that an estimated 210,000 gallons, or 5000 barrels, of oil have spilled near the small town of Amherst, S.D.
The pipeline from Hardisty, Alberta, to Cushing, Oklahoma, and to Wood River and Patoka in IL, has been shut, while the southern leg of the system to the Gulf Coast remains operational, the company said.
"Just days before the Nebraska Public Service Commissions decides on whether to approve Keystone XL we get a painful reminder of why no one wants a pipeline over their water supply", said Greenpeace campaigner Mike Hudema.
The leak was detected after a drop in pressure in the operating system.
At least 210,000 gallons of crude oil derived from oil sands-a thicker, sticker type of oil than conventional crude-spilled from the pipeline into an agricultural area, according to South Dakota's environment and natural resources agency. It will be the last of three states to make a decision on the pipeline's proposed route.
Keystone pipeline leaks more than 200K gallons of oil
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.
TransCanada is seeking to expand its Keystone pipeline network.
Keystone XL, if built, would cut diagonally through South Dakota.
President Donald Trump issued a federal permit for the project in March even though it had been rejected by the Obama administration.
The Keystone Pipeline is part of a 2,687-mile system that also is to include the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, which has faced persistent opposition from environmental groups, American Indian tribes and some landowners.
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