Keystone XL Pipeline Leak

Over 200,000 Gallons of Oil Believed To Have Leaked - Developing Story
Credit: 1011 Now & KSFY

It has recently been learned the Keystone Pipeline has leaked the equivalent of 5000 barrels of oil, in accordance to reports from Reuters. The Keystone project is an oil pipeline meant to transfer oil from Alberta, Canada to oil refineries in the United States, and in particular, to Steele City, Nebraska where it forks to Cushing, Oklahoma and Patoka, Indiana.

It has also been learned that TransCanada Corporation, the company responsible for the Keystone XL pipeline project, has now shut down the pipeline after the leak. Reports say that the leak was discovered by TransCanada Corp. in the early hours of the morning in the town of Amherst in South Dakota on Thursday.

According to NPR, the company also said that the cause of the leak is currently unknown and is under investigation. Further, in regards to the timing of the leak, NPR states that “Brian Walsh, an environmental scientist manager at the South Dakota Department and Environment and Natural Resources, said the company was aware of the spill at around 5:30 a.m. CT. But his agency wasn’t alerted until about 10:30 a.m. CT.”

Keystone Pipeline Route. Credit: NPR, TransCanada & Stephanie d’Otreppe

This leak has also come at what may seem to be an unfortunate time for TransCanada Corp. as Nebraska, the neighboring state to South Dakota was in the process of making a decision in regards to rerouting the Keystone XL project through the state.

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Rohit Rammohan is an Intern and Muiltimedia Journalist with Urban Newsroom. For comments, assistance or help, contact Rohit at RRammohan@urbannewsroom.com

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