TransCanada pipeline leaks 210000 gallons of oil near SD, ND border

Randall Padilla
November 17, 2017

TransCanada said that crews shut down the Keystone pipeline Thursday morning after a drop in pressure was detected resulting from an oil leak that's under investigation in South Dakota. They also said the shut down 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.

TransCanada Corp.'s Keystone pipeline leaked an estimated 210,000 gallons of oil in northeastern South Dakota, the company and state regulators reported Thursday.

TransCanada officials say roughly 5,000 barrels leaked 35 miles south of the Ludden pump station in Marshall County, S.D. The area was isolated within 15 minutes and emergency response procedures were activated.

"Ultimately, the cleanup responsibility lies with TransCanada, and they'll have to clean it up in compliance with our state regulations", Walsh said.

Opponents of Keystone XL say the pipeline would pass through the Sandhills, an ecologically fragile region of grass-covered sand dunes, and would cross the land of farmers and ranchers who don't want it. That new proposed pipeline would begin in Hardisty, Alberta, and extend south to Steele City, Neb., crossing through Montana, a thin slice of far southeast North Dakota, and then run through western and central South Dakota into Nebraska. In 2010, the first year it was in use, there were 35 Keystone leaks in the U.S. and Canada.

This spill should be a stark warning for Nebraska's PSC as it considers TransCanada's proposed route for Keystone XL through some of the state's most sensitive farmlands and aquifers.

President Donald Trump issued a federal permit for the project in March even though it had been rejected by the Obama administration. Nebraska regulators plan to announce their decision next week.

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