Keystone Pipeline Spills 210K Gallons of Oil

Pipeline has been shut down as crews work on the situation
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 16, 2017 3:48 PM CST
Keystone Pipeline Spills 210K Gallons of Oil
In this Feb. 1, 2012 file photo, miles of pipe ready to become part of the Keystone Pipeline are stacked in a field near Ripley, Okla.   (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

About 5,000 barrels of oil—that's 210,000 gallons—spilled from the Keystone pipeline in South Dakota Thursday. The company that operates the pipeline, TransCanada, says in a statement obtained by KSFY that the spill "was completely isolated within 15 minutes and emergency response procedures were activated." The pipeline was shut down and "crews, including TransCanada specialists from emergency management, engineering, environmental management and safety as well as contracted, nationally recognized experts are assessing the situation," the statement continues. An environmental scientist manager at the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources tells the Bismarck Tribune officials don't think any surface water bodies or drinking water systems are threatened. (More TransCanada Keystone XL pipeline stories.)

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