Shippers seek alternatives for oil as crews work toward plugging Keystone leak

  • Shippers seek alternatives for oil as crews work toward plugging Keystone leak

Shippers seek alternatives for oil as crews work toward plugging Keystone leak

Tuesday's leak is the second significant spill for the controversial pipeline, after about 210,000 gallons of oil were leaked onto farmland located near Amherst, South Dakota in 2017.

A drop in pressure was detected by the control center of the pipeline's operator, TC Energy, formerly known as TransCanada, about 9:20 p.m. local time on Tuesday, the company announced. Canada is the biggest foreign provider of oil to the United States, with exports to the US averaging about 3.6 million barrels per day (bpd) in 2018, according to the federal Canada Energy Regulator.

"We stand firm in opposing this project as the latest spill is further evidence of just how unsafe pipelines are", said Braun.

The leak of oil from the Keystone pipeline was discovered by the water quality division of the North Dakota State.

In 2017, the pipeline leaked an estimated 407,000 gallons of oil onto farmland in northeastern South Dakota, in a rural area near the North Dakota border.

"Our emergency response team contained the impacted area, and oil has not migrated beyond the immediately affected area", TC Energy said. That's almost 383,000 gallons, but the company says it won't know exactly how much is released until the oil recovery process has been finished. But the spill does not appear to pose an immediate threat to public health, he added, saying that people do not live nearby and that the wetland is not a source of drinking water.

Pipeline operator TC Energy is seeking to expand its pipelines linking Western Canadian oil fields to United States refineries with its proposed Keystone XL project.

"I wish I could say I was shocked, but a major spill from the Keystone pipeline is exactly what multiple experts predicted would happen", Greenpeace USA senior research specialist Tim Donaghy said in a statement.

The pipeline can handle 23 million gallons of crude oil daily.

'They've had a few spills. more than you would hope to have on a line that's still fairly new, ' said Carl Weimer, executive director of the Pipeline Safety Trust in Bellingham, Washington, a nonprofit promoting pipeline safety. According to Greenpeace, the leak "is already the eighth-largest pipeline oil spill of the last decade".

The Keystone Pipeline System runs from Alberta, Canada, to refineries in IL and Texas, as well as to oil tank farms and an oil pipeline distribution center in Oklahoma. "We've always said it's not a question of whether a pipeline will spill, but when, and once again TC Energy has made our case for us".

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders weighed in on the spill in a tweet and took a swipe at President Donald Trump.