TransCanada continues to respond to a small potential leak on the Keystone Pipeline in South Dakota
TransCanada crews continue to investigate the source of what appears to be a small potential leak along the Keystone pipeline right-of-way approximately four miles (six kilometres) from its Freeman pump station in Hutchinson County, South Dakota.
TransCanada crews on site reported no change in the overall footprint of the visible oil on a small surface area – 10×30 foot area — and continue efforts to safely excavate soil to analyze the pipe.
Crews – including TransCanada specialists from engineering, environmental management, safety as well as contracted, nationally recognized experts will continue to work 24/7 to assess the incident. TransCanada will continue to provide State and Federal regulators such as PHMSA with accurate and confirmed information and ensure they are fully aware of all of TransCanada’s plans and activities.
TransCanada appreciates the collaborative support of local officials and commissioners in Hutchinson County, as well as local landowners who have given permission to access lands for assessment, identification and clean-up activities.
We have been keeping our shippers and customers up to date and have communicated that the pipeline from Hardisty, Alberta to Cushing, Oklahoma and to Wood River/Patoka, Illinois is expected to remain shut down through the end of the week. This does not affect the Marketlink pipeline system, which uses the facilities of the southern leg of the Keystone system from Cushing to the Gulf Coast.
Finally we would like to thank local media for the respectful and professional manner in which they have covered this story, while allowing our crews space to continue the work.
The potential incident was first reported at approximately 12:30 p.m. CST (11:30 a.m. MST) on April 2, 2016. TransCanada immediately began the process to shut down the pipeline, activate its emergency response procedures and dispatch ground crews to assess the situation.
No significant impact to the environment has been observed and there is no threat to public safety or security.
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