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


Brian Walsh with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources tells KSFY News they were alerted to the leak at 10:30 a.m. Thursday morning by TransCanada.

"TransCanada (TSX, NYSE: TRP) crews safely shut down its Keystone pipeline at approximately 6 a.m. CST (5 a.m. MST) after a drop in pressure was detected in its operating system resulting from an oil leak that is under investigation", TransCanada said in a statement shortly after the spill.

Almost a year after the Dakota Access pipeline leaked 176,000 gallons of oil near the Standing Rock protest site in Cannon Ball, North Dakota, a similar disaster is unfolding to the south.

The Keystone Pipeline system stretches more than 2,600 miles from Hardisty east into Manitoba and then down to Texas, according to TransCanada. The pipeline is not yet ten years old - and has leaked dozens of times, spilling hundreds of thousands of gallons along its route. The pipeline transports crude oil from Canada.

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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. Federal regulators said an "anomaly" on a weld on the pipeline was to blame.

While details are still emerging around this spill, we know it occurred in Marshall County on South Dakota's northern border.

In March, President Donald Trump's administration officially issued a permit that approved construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline.

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. 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.