5000 barrels of oil leaked from Keystone Pipeline in South Dakota

Lucy Hill
November 17, 2017

Crews are working to clean up an oil spill from the Keystone Pipeline in northeast South Dakota on Thursday. 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 says on its website that the company has safely transported more than 1.5 billion barrels of oil, or about 63 billion gallons, through the system since operations began in 2010.

Western Canada Select heavy blend crude for December delivery was trading at $14.50 below the West Texas Intermediate benchmark at late afternoon on Thursday, down slightly from $14.20 the day before. A portion of the pipeline enters eastern Nebraska at the South Dakota border and exits at Steele City.

In its statement, Transcanada said "The section of pipe along a right-of-way approximately 35 miles (56 kilometres) south of the Ludden pump station in Marshall County, South Dakota was completely isolated with 15 minutes and emergency procedures were activated".

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TransCanada estimates the pipeline leaked 5,000 barrels of oil, or about 210,000 gallons, before going offline. It will be the last of three states to make a decision on the pipeline's proposed route. That's the equivalent of 5,000 barrels of oil.

The company says that it is providing state and federal regulators "with accurate and confirmed information on an ongoing basis".

A leak and spill in southeastern South Dakota in April 2016 prompted a weeklong shutdown of the pipeline.

The Keystone XL pipeline got federal USA approval in March when President Donald Trump overturned former President Barack Obama's rejection of the project in 2015.

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