Keystone Pipeline Leaks 210,000 Gallons of Oil in South Dakota

By the Web Editors 11-16-2017
FILE PHOTO -- A TransCanada Keystone Pipeline pump station operates outside Steele City, Neb. March 10, 2014. REUTERS/Lane Hickenbottom/File Photo

The Keystone Pipeline leaked about 5,000 barrels of oil in South Dakota on Thursday, according to TransCanada. The company said crews were able to shut down the pipeline early Thursday morning and began investigating the leak.

The incident comes just days before a Nebraska public service commission is set to decide on a proposed route for the Keystone XL through the state. The commission, set to announce the decision Nov. 20, is charged with weighing whether the project is in the public interest of Nebraskans, but is barred from considering environmental issues because the pipeline already has an environmental permit.

The Obama administration considered the line for years before rejecting it in 2015 on environmental grounds. President Donald Trump reversed that decision swiftly after taking office, which placed the final permitting decision in the hands of Nebraska. It will be the last of three states to make a decision on the pipeline's proposed route.

Reuters reporting contrinuted to this story.


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