Crews shut down the Keystone pipeline at approximately 6 this morning.
It appears the oil leaked from a section of the underground pipeline and not at an above-ground pumping station, Walsh said.
Officials don't believe the leak affected any surface water bodies or threatened any drinking water systems from the spill onto agricultural land, said Brian Walsh, an environmental scientist manager at the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources, which has dispatched a staff member to the site.
The company says that it is providing state and federal regulators "with accurate and confirmed information on an ongoing basis".Читайте также: Oil price edges lower on anticipated USA production rise
"Crews, including TransCanada specialists from emergency management, engineering, environmental management and safety as well as contracted, nationally-recognized experts are assessing the situation", the company said.
The same pipeline leaked about 17,000 gallons a year ago near Freeman, South Dakota.
TransCanada said in its statement that it expected the pipeline to remain shut down as the company responds to the leak. This does not affect the Marketlink pipeline system, which uses the facilities of the southern leg of the Keystone system from Cushing to the Gulf Coast. That new proposed pipeline would begin in Hardisty, Alberta, and extend south to Steele City, Neb., crossing through Montana, a thin slice of far southeast North Dakota, and then run through western and central South Dakota into Nebraska.
"We've always said it's not a question of whether a pipeline will spill, but when, and today TransCanada is making our case for us", said campaign director Kelly Martin.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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