Keystone Pipeline Spills 210000 Gallons of Oil in South Dakota

Crews cleaning up Keystone Pipeline leak in Marshall County

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.

TRP says it expects the pipeline from Alberta to Cushing, Okla. and to Wood River and Patoka, Ill., to remain shut down while it responds to the leak; the southern leg of the Keystone system from Cushing to the Gulf Coast remains open.

The leak occurred just a few days before the Nebraska Public Service Commission is scheduled to make a November 20 announcement of its decision on whether to approve a permit to allow construction of the controversial long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline.

A TransCanada crew shut down the pipeline at 6 a.m. Thursday morning after detecting an oil leak along the line, the company said.

The 210,000-gallon spill occurred on private agricultural land in Marshall County, northeast of Aberdeen.

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The Keystone pipeline has leaked more than 200,000 gallons of oil in South Dakota, the company for the project said on Thursday. State regulators have already granted construction permits for the pipeline.

TransCanada is seeking to expand its Keystone pipeline network. State and federal regulators from TransCanada are working on the scene as well as officials from the Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) and the National Response Center.

A protest sign sits in the proposed path of the Keystone XL pipeline, in Silver Creek, Neb.

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. The project has received needed approvals in states between Alberta, Canada, and Nebraska. Based on the safety record of Keystone I, Nebraska's PSC should carefully consider the impacts of TransCanada's much larger Keystone XL pipeline as it weighs its decision on Monday.

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