Controversial Keystone Pipeline leaks 210000 gallons of oil

A sign for TransCanada's Keystone pipeline facilities stands in Hardisty Alberta Canada

A sign for TransCanada's Keystone pipeline facilities stands in Hardisty Alberta Canada

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.

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.

Officials don't believe the leak affected any surface water bodies or threatened any drinking water systems from the spill onto agricultural land, said Brian Walsh, an environmental scientist manager at the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources, which has dispatched a staff member to the site. It did not offer a time estimate. An estimated volume of 5,000 barrels, or 210,000 gallons, leaked. TransCanada is providing state and federal regulators, including the Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration and the National Response Center, with accurate and confirmed information on an ongoing basis.

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.

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

This spill should be a stark warning for Nebraska's PSC as it considers TransCanada's proposed route for Keystone XL through some of the state's most sensitive farmlands and aquifers. The project has been delayed for several years and was revived this year through an executive order by President Trump. The PSC will announce its long-awaited decision on the application Monday.

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