Keystone pipeline leaks more than 200K gallons of oil

Crews cleaning up Keystone Pipeline leak in Marshall County

Crews cleaning up Keystone Pipeline leak in Marshall County

TransCanada said that crews shut down the Keystone pipeline Thursday morning after a drop in pressure was detected resulting from an oil leak that's under investigation in South Dakota. This does not affect the Marketlink pipeline system, which uses the facilities of the southern leg of the Keystone system from Cushing to the Gulf Coast.

"Regulators in the neighboring state of Nebraska are expected to announce a decision on the company's proposed Keystone XL pipeline next week".

Western Canada Select heavy blend crude for December delivery was trading at $14.50 below the West Texas Intermediate benchmark at late afternoon on Thursday, down slightly from $14.20 the day before.

TransCanada estimates the pipeline leaked 5,000 barrels of oil, or about 210,000 gallons, before going offline.

Amherst is about 200 miles north of Sioux Falls, S.D., and about 25 miles from the state's border with North Dakota.

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"Ultimately, the cleanup responsibility lies with TransCanada, and they'll have to clean it up in compliance with our state regulations", Walsh said.

The Keystone pipeline has leaked in South Dakota before, as recently as last spring.

The federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration didn't immediately return an email requesting additional information from The Associated Press.

The Keystone Pipeline is part of a 2,687-mile system that also is to include the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, which has faced persistent opposition from environmental groups, American Indian tribes and some landowners.

The leak was in the Keystone Pipeline located in an agricultural area in Marshall County. The project has been delayed for several years and was revived this year through an executive order by President Trump. The project and its route through Nebraska has been controversial.

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