Leak forces closure of Keystone oil pipeline

MONTREAL, Canada – The Keystone oil pipeline was shut down Thursday, November 16 (November 17, Manila time), because of a spill in South Dakota, its operator TransCanada said.

Around 5,000 barrels of oil spilled before dawn for unknown reasons, the company said.

A probe is under way and the company has mobilized emergency crews and contacted US regulators.

The spill forced the company to shut down the 4,324 km (2,700 mile) long conduit running from the Canadian province of Alberta to oil terminals in Cushing, Oklahoma, and Patoka, Illinois.

In the spring President Donald Trump gave the green light for construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, which his predecessor Barack Obama had barred.

With Keystone XL, TransCanada's goal is to more than double the current flow volume of the line and have a direct hook up with oil terminals in Texas on the Gulf of Mexico. – Rappler.com