In South Dakota 210,000 Gallons of Oil Burst From Keystone Pipeline
In South Dakota, 210,000 gallons of oil burst out of the Keystone Pipeline. It happened sometime around Thursday morning, making instant-irony out of President Trump’s past tweets on the matter:
Brian Walsh of the Department of Natural Resources and Environment stated that the energy company operating the pipeline— TransCanada—notified them of the leak yesterday around 10:30 a.m.
The leak was patched up and the pipeline turned off.
There are no reports or indications, as for now, that the oil has contaminated any systems or seeped into waterways that could directly endanger public health. But the initial images of the spill look actually very severe:
The company dispatched large numbers of workers and contractors to the site. Walsh said that it would likely be an extensive and timely cleanup process.
The oil spill has come at a crucial time when people expected from Nebraska officials to make a critical decision to bar or allow a route for the Keystone XL.
However, according to the Nebraska Public Service Commission, a statement released on Friday, during their deliberations, they will not take into consideration the recent spill .
For Keystone Pipeline, ABC News reported:
“…commissioners will base their decision only on evidence from official public comments and presented during public hearings.
“Supporters and opponents of the project argued their cases to the commission at a four-day hearing in August.”
TransCanada also released a statement on the present matter:
“TransCanada (TSX, NYSE: TRP) crews at approximately 6 a.m. CST (5 a.m. MST) safely shut down its Keystone pipeline after a detection of a drop in pressure in its operating system. It was a result 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. It was in complete isolation within 15 minutes and people activated emergency response procedures.
Everybody in 2013: The keystone pipeline will leak
TransCanada: It’ll be fine
2017: *5000 barrels of oil leaked from the Keystone pipeline*
Everybody today: pic.twitter.com/n4t7vcNPeU
— Philip Lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) November 17, 2017
“Crews, including TransCanada specialists from emergency management, engineering, environmental management and safety as well as contracted, nationally recognized experts are all assessing the situation.
“This company is providing Federal and State regulators, including the Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) and the National Response Center (NRC), with accurate and confirmed information on an ongoing basis.
TransCanada appreciates the collaborative support of local officials, emergency response personnel and commissioners in Marshall County. They have also support from the landowner. He has given permission to access land for assessment, identification activities as well as clean-up activities.
“We have been responsible and keeping our customers and shippers up to date. We have also communicated that the pipeline from Alberta to Cushing, Hardisty, Oklahoma and to Wood River/Patoka, Illinois is expected to remain shut down as we respond to this incident.
— Mike Hudema (@MikeHudema) November 17, 2017
This actually does not affect the Marketlink pipeline system. It uses the facilities of the southern leg of the Keystone system from Cushing to the Gulf Coast.
The safety of the public and environment are our top priorities. Of course we will continue to provide updates as they become available.”
Right now, there is a major leak from the Transcanada Keystone Pipeline happening adjacent to the Lake Traverse Reservation where I'm enrolled. The reservation is home of the Sisseton Wahpeton Dakota.
— Ruth H. Hopkins (@RuthHHopkins) November 16, 2017
We will see what kind of result will come from all of this.