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

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.


NoDebt Stroke Thu, 11/16/2017 - 19:16 Permalink

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?  

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Manthong BetterOffDead Thu, 11/16/2017 - 19:31 Permalink

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  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 ………

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Paul Kersey Sledge750 Thu, 11/16/2017 - 19:38 Permalink

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.

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Big Creek Rising Sledge750 Thu, 11/16/2017 - 20:04 Permalink

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.

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