The Keystone oil pipeline has spilled about 383,000 gallons of tar sands oil in northeastern North Dakota, according to state regulators in North Dakota on Thursday. The pipeline was closed Tuesday after the crews discovered the leak.
TC Energy (formerly known as TransCanada), which owns the pipeline, said the leak affected 22,500 square feet of land or, in a statement that seems to negate the event, "less than half the size of a football field. We don't want the exact figure until oil recovery is complete. " They have posted regular updates:
A pressure drop was detected by TC Energy's operations center about 21[ads1]:20 MT on October 29, 2019. We immediately began the process of shutting down the pipeline, activating our emergency procedures and dispatching ground technicians to respond to the incident.
We will not know the details of the cause of the incident until we complete the investigation and the pipeline segment is analyzed by an independent metallurgical laboratory.
No injuries or effects on wildlife have been reported.
According to PBS, Karl Rockeman, North Dakota's director of water quality, "said some wetlands were affected, but not sources of drinking water. Regulators have been on the site since Wednesday afternoon and monitored spills and clean-ups," he said. is not the first Keystone leak
This is not the first time the Keystone pipeline has leaked, losing more than 14,000 gallons of oil in southeastern North Dakota in 2011. And in 2017, it leaked around 407,000 gallons of oil in northeastern South Dakota.
The $ 5.2 billion Keystone pipeline, first used in 2011, carries oil across Saskatchewan and Manitoba, Canada to refineries in Illinois and Oklahoma.  TC Energy wants to to build a $ 8 billion Keystone XL pipeline that will transport crude oil from Alberta to Texas refineries. Donald Trump issued a federal permit for the 2017 expansion project after President Barack Obama TC Energy wants to start construction in 2020.
This proposed XL pipeline has been met with great opposition from environmental and indigenous groups. Up to 10,000 people have participated in protests against the Keystone XL project. Oil spills cause devastating damage to both the environment and human health.
The Sierra Club Environmental Group is actively opposed to the project. Sierrad Club & # 39; s Beyond Dirty Fuels Associate Director Catherine Collentine said:
We do not yet know the extent of the damage from this recent tar sands spill, but what we do know is that this is not the first time this pipeline has spilled toxic tar sands, and it won't be the last. We have always said that it is not a question of whether a pipeline will spill, but when, and once again, TC Energy has made the case for us.
In early October, environmental activists Greta Thunberg and Tokata Iron Eyes (the latter protested Keystone XL at the Standing Rock Reservation) gave a speech on why the massive oil project was devastating to the environment, and they attended a meeting to protest project and climate change in Rapid City, South Dakota.
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