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Keystone Pipeline was terminated after leakage was discovered in North Dakota



The oil leak was discovered just north of Edinburg, in the northeastern part of the state, and touched about 2,500 square feet of land, the company said. A pressure drop was detected on Tuesday, and the pipeline was immediately shut down, the company said.

The company is not sure how the leak started, but says an independent party is investigating the pipeline.

"We are establishing air quality, water and wildlife monitoring and will continue to monitor throughout the response. No damage or wildlife impact has been reported," TC Energy said.

"Security for the public and the environment are our top priorities, and we will continue to provide updates as they become available."

The North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality said the spill affected a wetland area. "NDDEQ personnel are on site and will continue to monitor the investigation and the correction," the department said in a news release.

The Indigenous Environmental Network, an environmental rights group, responded to the spill with concern.

"This is exactly the type of garbage we are concerned about when building the Keystone XL. It has never been if a pipeline breaks down, but rather when," said Joye Braun, organization manager for the Indigenous Environmental Network.

The organization criticized the company and said it had not done enough to secure the pipeline infrastructure.

Pipeline Protests

The Keystone Pipeline system extends more than 2,600 miles from Alberta, Canada, east into Manitoba and then south to Texas.

Keystone 1

refers to phase one of the Keystone Pipeline starting in Alberta and running through North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri to refineries in Illinois and Oklahoma. Phase one began operations in 2011.

The controversial Keystone XL pipeline began in Alberta and extends south to Steele City, Nebraska. The company says it hopes to start construction in 2020.
The pipelines have sparked months-long protests. In 2017, a spill exposed 210,000 liters of oil in South Dakota. As many as 10,000 people attended the top of the demonstrations.
Clashes with police at the protests were at times violent, with a woman almost losing her arm following an explosion in November 2016.

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