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Keystone pipeline - major leak/spill

Accepted submission by at 2017-11-18 16:35:13 from the perfect-timing dept.

Multiple outlets such as [] are reporting a major leak in the Keystone pipeline.

A total of 210,000 gallons of oil leaked Thursday from the Keystone Pipeline in South Dakota, the pipeline's operator, TransCanada, said.
Crews shut down the pipeline Thursday morning, and officials are investigating the cause of the leak, which occurred about three miles southeast of the town of Amherst, said Brian Walsh, a spokesman for the state's Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
This is the largest Keystone oil spill to date in South Dakota, Walsh said. The leak comes just days before Nebraska officials announce a decision on whether the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline, a sister project, can move forward.

Elsewhere there are notes of smaller spills in the same pipeline--this AC submitter is wondering about the long term use of a pipeline that is leaking when it's nearly brand now. Doesn't sound good for the long term.

PBS has a followup article from today (Saturday), []

The leak comes as the debate over the proposed path of the Keystone XL pipeline rages on. Nebraska’s Public Service Commission is scheduled to announce its decision Monday on whether to permit TransCanada to build Keystone XL along its proposed route in the state, the Omaha World-Herald reported. A spokeswoman for the commission told the AP that the board’s members will only use information provided during public hearings and official public comments in order to make their decision.

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