TransCanada sends out more crews to Keystone pipeline leak

Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017|1:21 p.m.

AMHERST, S.D.– TransCanada Corp. says the business has actually sent additional teams and devices to the site of a 210,000-gallon oil spill in South Dakota from its Keystone pipeline.

TransCanada stated Saturday it is making progress in its investigation into the spill cause on farmland in Marshall County, near the North Dakota border, about 250 miles (402 kilometers) west of Minneapolis. But the business did not elaborate on the cause. The business says extra equipment and employees continue to be dispatched to the site.

Business representative Terry Cunha stated Sunday that about 150 people are now at the site. Cunha stated a gravel roadway has been completed to handle heavy equipment.

Cunha stated a drainage ditch near the leak was protected by a berm and not polluted by the spill. State authorities previously said they did not think the spill has contaminated any surface area water bodies or drinking water supply. A drainage ditch is clearly noticeable in aerial video footage taken by DroneBase on Friday.

Crews shut down the pipeline Thursday after discovering the leak.

TransCanada states the leakage is under control and there is no substantial ecological impact or hazard to the general public.

Nebraska regulators vote Monday on a proposed Keystone XL route, an expansion that likewise would be run by TransCanada.

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