The Keystone pipeline has spilled hundreds of thousands of gallons of crude oil in North Dakota this week, reports The New York Times.
The pipeline has leaked about 383,000 liters of crude oil, affecting an estimated half-target wetland according to state environmental regulators.
The leak has been contained, according to Karl Rockeman, director of the State Department of Environmental Quality & # 39; s Water Quality Division.
"It's one of the bigger spills in the state," he told the Times.
He added that there are no homes near the site of discharge, and the wetland that was affected is not a source of drinking water. Pipeline owner TC Energy shut down the pipeline after the leak was discovered.
Rockeman did not indicate whether the spill cleanup had begun yet.
In a statement to the Times, TC Energy said it did not know the cause of the leak and that an internal investigation was underway.
"We establish air quality, water and wildlife monitoring and will continue to monitor throughout the response," the statement reads.
Hill has reached TC TC for comment.
An addition to the pipeline, which carries crude oil from Canada through seven states, was at the center of long-standing environmental protests.
The incident happened along part of the existing Keystone pipeline system, not the 1
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This is not the first oil spills along the Keystone pipeline system; An incident in 2017 caused more than 407,000 gallons of crude oil to cover agricultural land in South Dakota in a rural area near the North Dakota border.