TransCanada says Leak Repaired; Will Restart Service at Keystone Pipeline with Reduced Pressure
The Keystone pipeline managed by TransCanada which carries crude oil from Hardisty, Alberta, to Cushing, Oklahoma and Illinois was partly shut down on April 2 following a potential leak that was noticed in South Dakota. On Friday, the company said, it had identified the leak which was close to its Freeman pump station in South Dakota.
TransCanada said the repair work was completed. The leak resulted in 400 barrels, or 16,800 gallons oil spill. I said, "Clean up and land restoration has already started and will continue over the coming days."
On Sunday, the Alberta based company said; it had restarted the Keystone crude pipeline but with a reduced pressure as it got American authorization. The pipeline carries 590,000 barrels light and heavy crude crude oil per day. The energy company said it got approval from the U. S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration to return to service with controlled beginning on Saturday. The Canadian company said in a statement, "As part of the return-to-service plan approved by PHMSA, TransCanada is operating the pipeline at reduced pressure."
According to the company, it will conduct aerial patrols and carry out visual inspections while it restarts the service.
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