Published: Fri, November 17, 2017
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Keystone pipeline in South Dakota shut down after leak detected

Keystone pipeline in South Dakota shut down after leak detected

The Washington Post reports that 210,000 gallons (5,000 barrels) of crude oil spilled from TransCanada's Keystone pipeline in South Dakota on Thursday morning.

For comparison's sake, the Keystone pipeline experienced a previous leak in April 2016 that, at 16,800 gallons (or 400 barrels), was much smaller in scope.

The South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources heard about the leak at about 10:30 a.m. Thursday, ABC affiliate KSFY reported. Emergency response procedures were then activated and the pipeline was shut down.

The pipeline has been shut off and the leak has been covered.

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The shutdown was made at 6 a.m. after a drop in pressure was detected in its operating system.

The company said it's working with state regulators and the Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration to assess the situation. 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.

This is the second significant leak on Keystone over the past two years. 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.

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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