After Leak, Keystone Pipeline Restarts

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 @ 11:04 AM gHale

TransCanada Corp. restarted the 590,000-barrel-per-day Keystone crude pipeline at reduced pressure.

The Canadian energy company said the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) approved the return to service plan for a controlled start Saturday night.

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The pipeline, which delivers light and heavy crude from Hardisty, Alberta, to Cushing, Oklahoma, and Illinois, shut down April 2 after a leak in South Dakota.

Just about 16,800 gallons of oil leaked into a field in South Dakota as part of a spill that shut the Keystone pipeline down, TransCanada officials said.

“As part of the return-to-service plan approved by PHMSA, TransCanada is operating the pipeline at reduced pressure,” the company said.

In an emailed statement, company said it identified the leak near its Freeman pump station in Hutchinson County, South Dakota.

The company also said it will conduct aerial patrols and visual inspections during the restart.

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