5000 barrels of oil leaked from Keystone Pipeline in South Dakota

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The Keystone pipeline running from Canada across the Great Plains leaked Thursday morning, spilling about 5,000 barrels of oil - or 210,000 gallons - southeast of a small town in northeast South Dakota.

"TransCanada (TSX, NYSE: TRP) crews safely shut down its Keystone pipeline at approximately 6 a.m. CST (5 a.m. MST) after a drop in pressure was detected in its operating system resulting from an oil leak that is under investigation", TransCanada said in a statement shortly after the spill. In April 2016, TransCanada shut down the pipeline after a local resident reported seeing oil seeping to the surface in South Dakota.

"Ultimately, the cleanup responsibility lies with TransCanada, and they'll have to clean it up in compliance with our state regulations", Walsh said.

While details are still emerging around this spill, we know it occurred in Marshall County on South Dakota's northern border.

The pipeline would transport oilsands oil from Alberta through Montana and South Dakota to Nebraska, where it would connect with existing pipelines that feed Texas Gulf Coast refineries. The substance flowing through the Keystone pipeline is known as diluted bitumen, or "dilbit", because the bitumen (the crude oil itself) is so thick and sticky it must be diluted in order to effectively flow through the system.

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Keystone XL, if built, would cut diagonally through South Dakota.

This is the second significant leak on Keystone over the past two years.

TransCanada is seeking approval from the Nebraska Public Service Commission for the final section of a second pipeline project, the Keystone XL.

President Donald Trump issued a federal permit for the project in March even though it had been rejected by the Obama administration.

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