Keystone Pipeline Leaks Nearly Quarter Million Gallons of Oil in South Dakota

Donald Trump issued a federal permit for the pipeline in March 2017 after nationwide protests forced the Obama administration to reject it.


Here’s a bit of news that the operators of the Keystone Pipeline would like to keep under wraps: TransCanada Corp’s Keystone pipeline leaked apx 210,000 gallons of oil in north-eastern South Dakota, the company and state regulators reported on Thursday.

Crews shut down the pipeline on Thursday morning and activated emergency response procedures after a drop in pressure was detected resulting from the leak south of a pump station in Marshall County, TransCanada said in a statement. The cause was being investigated.

Officials do not believe the leak affected any surface water bodies or threatened any drinking water systems from the spill on to agricultural land, said Brian Walsh, an environmental scientist manager at the South Dakota department of environment and natural resources, which has dispatched a staff member to the site.

“Ultimately, the cleanup responsibility lies with TransCanada, and they’ll have to clean it up in compliance with our…

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5 thoughts on “Keystone Pipeline Leaks Nearly Quarter Million Gallons of Oil in South Dakota

  1. To bad we cant use an actual image of the destruction caused (leaking pipe for example). If people SAW the damage being done to the environment, I feel they might take more action.


  2. Good point, Kenneth. Somehow we have to overcome people’s conditioning that pipelines don’t leak (they always leak) and that they don’t contaminate water and agricultural land when they do leak (they always cause contamination).


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