Keystone XL pipeline to resume transporting oil Tuesday

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Nearly two weeks after crews shut down a large pipeline in northeast South Dakota, oil shipments will resume Tuesday.

The federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration reviewed and approved the repair that workers from pipeline owner TransCanada made, clearing the company to put the line back in service, according to a TransCanada news release.

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The company will operate the pipeline at a reduced pressure starting Tuesday, “to ensure a safe and gradual increase in the volume of crude oil moving through the system,” officials said.

South Dakota officials don’t believe the leak polluted any surface water bodies or drinking water systems.

The 2,147-mile Keystone pipeline leaked more than 210,000 gallons of oil Nov. 16, forcing a shutdown. More than 44,000 gallons of oil had been recovered as of Sunday, the company said.

TransCanada officials disclosed the buried pipeline leak Nov. 16 on agricultural land in Marshall County, S.D. Monday they thanked the landowner who granted the company access to the land for cleanup and repair.

It was the second South Dakota spill for the pipeline, which is less than a decade old.

The first took place near Freeman, S.D., in April 2016, spilling more than 17,000 gallons. A third incident in North Dakota spilled a similar amount.

The leak came as regulators in Nebraska debated the approval of the KeystoneXL pipeline, a different and once-shuttered project restarted when President Trump issued a long-delayed permit.

Associated Press. (2017). USA Today – Keystone pipeline to resume transporting oil Tuesday.

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