Keystone Pipeline back up and running after oil spill in rural Kansas creek

Keystone Pipeline oil spill underneath investigation

Keystone Pipeline oil spill underneath investigation


A broken part of the Keystone Pipeline that spewed about 14,000 barrels of oil right into a Kansas creek has been repaired, Canadian pipeline operator TC Energy announced Thursday.

“After completing repairs, inspections and testing we proceeded with a controlled restart of the Cushing Extension, safely returning the Keystone Pipeline to service today,” TC Energy mentioned.

The company mentioned the pipeline system, which stretches greater than 2,600 miles from Canada to the U.S., is “operational to all delivery points,” and that it plans to introduce extra “risk-mitigation” akin to decreasing the working pressures.

The company mentioned it recovered almost 7,700 barrels of oil and over 17,000 barrels of oil and water as of Thursday. The reason behind the leak stays underneath investigation.

“We maintain our commitment to our ongoing safety-led response and will fully remediate the incident site,” TC Energy wrote. “We will share the learnings from the investigation as they become available.”

This is not the primary time the pipeline has needed to shut down. According to information from the U.S. Government Accountability Office, the Keystone Pipeline has had almost two dozen accidents because it first went into service in 2010.

However, many of the 22 accidents have resulted in fewer than 50 barrels of oil being leaked, in comparison with this newest spill, the pipeline’s largest up to now.

Li Cohen contributed reporting.

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