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Keystone pipeline leaks 210,000 gallons of oil in South Dakota

Keystone pipelineTransCanada’s Keystone pipeline leaked roughly 5,000 barrels (210,000 gallons) of oil in South Dakota, the company announced.

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Although the company isolated the problem quickly and shut down the pipeline, the leak comes only a few days before the Nebraska Public Service Commission decides whether to let the company build a controversial extension through their state.

TransCanada shut down the pipeline Wednesday morning after its systems detected the leak, the company said in a statement.

The leak amounts to 210,000 gallons. Sections of the pipeline that runs from Canada’s Alberta province to Illinois will be shut, although parts of the southern leg to Texas will stay open.

Crews, including TransCanada specialists from emergency management, engineering, environmental management and safety as well as contracted, nationally recognized experts are assessing the situation.

TransCanada is providing State and Federal regulators, including the Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) and the National Response Center (NRC), with accurate and confirmed information on an ongoing basis.

TransCanada operates a network of natural gas pipelines that extends more than 91,500 kilometres (56,900 miles), tapping into virtually all major gas supply basins in North America.

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