Keystone Pipeline leaks 210000 gallons of oil in South Dakota

Keystone Pipeline leaks 210000 gallons of oil in South Dakota

Keystone Pipeline leaks 210000 gallons of oil in South Dakota

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

Part of the controversial Keystone Pipeline was shut down Thursday after more than 200,000 gallons of oil leaked in South Dakota, the state and the company that runs the pipeline said Thursday. The cause was being investigated.

The South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources heard about the leak at about 10:30 a.m. Thursday, ABC affiliate KSFY reported. The estimated volume of the leak is approximately 5,000 barrels.

In April 2016, there was a 400-barrel release - or 16,800 gallons - with the majority of the oil cleanup completed in two months, Walsh said. The company said it's working with state regulators and the Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration to assess the situation. One of those leaks happened in southeastern North Dakota in May 2011, when 14,000 gallons spilled after a valve failed at a pumping station near the South Dakota border.

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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.

The pipeline runs from Alberta in Canada to the US border and then straight south through eastern North Dakota, eastern South Dakota and then into Nebraska and Kansas to Cushing, Okla. The substance flowing through the Keystone pipeline is known as diluted bitumen, or "dilbit", because the bitumen (the crude oil itself) is so thick and sticky it must be diluted in order to effectively flow through the system.

President Donald Trump issued a federal permit for the project in March. The PSC will announce its long-awaited decision on the application Monday.

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