Leak Shuts Keystone Pipeline

Wednesday, April 6, 2016 @ 03:04 PM gHale

TransCanada Corp. shut down the Keystone pipeline while it investigates a possible spill in southeastern South Dakota.

The company said the potential leak ended up reported Saturday afternoon. Crews sent to the scene in Hutchinson County found signs of oil on what the company said is a “small surface area” about 4 miles from its Freeman, SD, pump station.

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Freeman is 35 miles north of the Nebraska-South Dakota border.

The pipeline will likely be shut down for at least a few more days as the company removes the oil and investigates where it came from, said spokesman Shawn Howard. The company said it found no significant harm to the environment.

The Keystone pipeline runs from the Canadian province of Alberta to refineries in Illinois and Oklahoma, passing through the eastern Dakotas, Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri. It would have connected with the Keystone XL pipeline the company tried to build across Nebraska.

TransCanada said it has notified landowners, regulatory and government agencies and pipeline customers about the leak.

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