Keystone XL Pipeline Shut Down After 5,000-Barrel Spill In South Dakota

Tyler Durden's picture

Well this is awkward.  After months/years of protests targeting the Keystone XL pipeline from environmentalists worried about oil spills, TransCanada has now been forced to shut down the pipeline following...drum roll please...a 5,000 barrel oil spill in South Dakota.  According to The Hill, the pipeline was taken offline at 6am this morning following a leak that was discovered about 35 miles south of a pumping station in Marshall County, South Dakota.

Workers took the Keystone oil pipeline offline on Thursday after it spilled 5,000 barrels of oil in rural South Dakota, officials said.


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 leak was detected along a stretch of the pipeline about 35 miles south of a pumping station in Marshall County, South Dakota.


TransCanada estimates the pipeline leaked 5,000 barrels of oil, or about 210,000 gallons, before going offline. The company said it's working with state regulators and the Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration to assess the situation.


The South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources heard about the leak at about 10:30 a.m. Thursday, ABC affiliate KSFY reported.

For those who aren't familiar with the project, the 1,179 mile Keystone XL pipeline links Canada’s Alberta oil sands to U.S. refineries.  While a portion of the pipeline has been operating, part of it has still not been approved by state regulators.

Here is the statement on the incident posted by TransCanada earlier this morning:

At approximately 6 a.m. CST (5 a.m. MST) today, we safely shut down the Keystone pipeline after we detected a pressure drop in our operating system resulting from an oil leak that is under investigation.


The estimated volume of the leak is approximately 5,000 barrels. The section of pipe along a right-of-way approximately 35 miles (56 kilometres) south of the Ludden pump station in Marshall County, South Dakota was completely isolated within 15 minutes and emergency response procedures were activated.


The safety of the public and environment are our top priorities and we will continue to provide updates as they become available.

As you may recall, former President Barack Obama opposed the completion of the pipeline, but the Trump administration granted a permit for it in March. That said, Nebraska state regulators still need to approve the project in their state and a decision was expected from the Nebraska Public Service Commission next week....somehow we suspect that decision might be delayed.

The five members of the Nebraska Public Service Commission will vote on a proposed order for the Keystone XL pipeline on Nov. 20, the agency announced on Monday, though it didn’t detail what that decision might be.


Approval from the Nebraska commission is one of several tasks facing Keystone XL developer TransCanada, which hopes to build the pipeline and deliver oil from Alberta, Canada, to the Gulf of Mexico.


TransCanada reapplied for its Nebraska permit in February, putting the decision in the hands of the Public Service Commission. It applied to follow the same route bisecting Nebraska that the state’s governor approved in 2013, before President Obama rejected federal permits for the pipeline.

Ironically, Trump touted the Keystone XL pipeline as "the greatest technology known to man or woman" when he approved it back in March...oops.

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Gap Admirer's picture

Free oil for everybody!!!

Stroke's picture

Bring your own straw


Poor Trumpie....Maybe the Russians? /s

NoDebt's picture

Maybe we should transport it via nice, safe rail instead.  I mean those trains never derail and torch some small rural town, right?  Just ask Warren Buffet.  He'll be happy to tell you about the wonderfulness of transporting huge quantities of flammable liquids via rail.  And if you can't trust Uncle Warren who can you trust?



Manthong's picture


Free oil for the Indigenous peoples? matter what tribe  ???  


F   Christopher  Columbus ....

He did not have piplines, rail tankers or mega-ships.


J S Bach's picture

I can hear the wailing of the watermelons (green on the outside/red on the inside) even before their rinds burst!

BetterOffDead's picture

30,000 gallons fit ina rail car; so 7 rail cars spilled their crude. Pfffttt...

Manthong's picture


I want to see those beautiful native women sliming around and wrestling in an oil pit.

…. Just joking… but it might make a great viral YouTube ………

ZippyBananaPants's picture

So what? Let it slowly seep back into the ground where it came from!

Bobbyrib's picture

Like the local water supply?

californiagirl's picture

Forst thought - Sabotage?  To create false flag?

svayambhu108's picture

The fracked shit is not only bad for people is bad for pipes and conainers too. Extra corosive, volatile, difficult shit.

cheka's picture

five thousand barrels is nothing.  the smallest barge is 10k

Dakota Kid's picture

Let's put those 5000 barrels in YOUR backyard, then tell me it's nothing

Got The Wrong No's picture

Oil came from the ground and when it is returned to the ground it's a disaster???

Why are these pipelines above ground and not buried???? 

Above ground they are susceptible to foul play by terrorist and environmental extremist.

Big Creek Rising's picture

The Keystone piplines are all buried, the picture is a bogus theatrical flourish intended to help your mental picture of potential environmental "devestation".

 All part of the propaganda package

Stuck on Zero's picture

Tankers are required to be double hulled if they enter a U.S. port. There is no reason we couldn't require pipelines to be double walled.  That would reduce the number of leaks by about 90%.

just_looking's picture

Thanks for the data, it always helps the real picture.

Sledge750's picture

Maybe we could just cut oil consumption, making the pipeline  and tankers unnecessary.

Paul Kersey's picture

This isn't about American oil consumption, because this is a Canadian pipeline company that transports oil, owned by an international oil company and an Arab oil company, refined in Texas, and then shipped to Asian buyers. America is being shit on once again.

"Chevron made waves in the business world when it announced its October 6 sale of 30-percent of its holdings in the Alberta-based Duvernay Shale basin to Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration Company (KUFPEC) for $1.5 billion.

It marked the first North American purchase for the Kuwaiti state-owned oil company and yields KUFPEC 330,000 acres of Duvernay shale gas. Company CEO and the country's Crown Prince, Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, called it an “anchor project” that could spawn Kuwait's expansion into North America at-large."

But don't worry, because Trump says this is good for Americans.

cheka's picture

yeah, producing and exporting is being 'sh-t on'.  our oil biz is one of the precious few bright spots


Big Creek Rising's picture

Maybe you just believe all the hysterical bullshit spewed by enviro-nazis in the libtard media, including this story.

Think about it: if Trump approved it in March would it be built, tes ted and certified by FERC already?

Look at the map: Keystone XL route is shown in blue. Does that blue line go thru northEASTern South Dakota (in case you matriculated at an American public school northeast would be top right)? Guess where Marshall county is?

That orange line is Keystone Express, biilt in 2009.

This is ecoweenie propaganda that the old Tylers would have roundly castigated.

dasein211's picture

No matter how much is spilled, how much water is poisoned, how many animals die, how many acres are devastated YOU WILL NEVER BELIEVE OIL IS A BAD IDEA. Just admit it. At least we’ll have technology soon enough to render it obsolete. And with it, your opinion.

Big Creek Rising's picture

Construction of Keystone XL fed my children for several months.

You're right,  i will never think hydrocarbon energy is a bad idea (I love coal too).

You dont have to like it, thats your free choice.

Go ahead, wipe your ass in the dark with a spotted owl.

cheka's picture

anyone that  has looked at a US pipeline map should laugh at the keystone drama -- the country is covered in pipelines

Sledge750's picture

it' not our choice.


When they can build a pipeline on my land without my consent, what choice do I have?

1 Alabama's picture

the whole of the system needs to be rethought, this would take gvt reform though, so check that off as something that will never happen.


boattrash's picture


Spot on! Hell, how much $$$ you think Uncle Warren paid me to blast the pipeline?

booboo's picture

From the earth it cometh and to the earth it goeth. Look ya maroons ( little bugs bunny lingo there) we spread a billion tons of petroleum asphalt a year over planet earth. Don’t go getting religion now. Half you mooks Park your ford fiesta’s at night on it, shame on you fuckers, you should all be shot.

Big Creek Rising's picture

5000 barrels leaks and seeps out of exposed rocks all over the place. Thousands of barrel leak into Gulf of Mexico everyday.

Oil is part of earth

Citizen G's picture

And just like that, another 1000 jobs created in the clean up effort. Unemployment to 2.6%

general ambivalent's picture

"Digging up the dead with a shovel and a pick

spiral galaxy's picture

Yes, but oil futures spike by $2 as the world oil supply hangs in the balance. Concurrently, Congress votes to reimburse the oil spill 'victims' some $1 Bln for hardship and loss of 1 acre of farm land! .....Dems want $5 Bln!! Whoa be the SD corn grower! /s. In reality - BFD!

Citizen G's picture

C’mon, why the down votes? It’s just South Dakota.

Offthebeach's picture

If you are in say, Texas, and standing next to a dipper type well, scavenging a few barrels a day of crude, and you drain your motor oil into the ground, are you polluting?

BTW, when are we going to superfund Los Angeles's La Brea Tar Pits?

Citizen G's picture

Yes, and you are guilty of theft. That’s like shitting where you eat.

Offthebeach's picture

Why is carbon with water bad, but cooking food over carbon briquettes super fine?

Dakota Kid's picture

You drink the water, you don't eat carbon briquettes genius.

jmack's picture

Still got some catching up to do with warren buffets oil trains.... which manage to spill 400,000 gallons in one incident, of many incidents...

onwisconsinbadger's picture

All the pukes voted for it should be arrested. Losers ! Sad !!!!!

nmewn's picture

I've got a picture of Senator Franken groping an oil valve ;-)

Offthebeach's picture

Oil is natural.

Support local carbon!  Without local, natural carbon, no energy.

Carbon, it makes the world go!

JLM's picture

The Russians did it!   

JLM's picture

The new Bogeyman.

kahplunk's picture

I drink your milk shake

knotjammin2's picture

I bet you a "C"note it was sabotage.