The leak occurred near the company’s facilities near Edinburg, a community of around 200 people in Walsh County around 60 miles northwest of Grand Forks, TC Energy said. The North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality said the leak was 3 miles northwest of Edinburg.
The Keystone Pipeline spilled as much as 383,000 gallons of crude oil into rural wetlands in North Dakota this week before the pipeline was shut down, making it one of the largest oil spills in the country in the past decade, state officials confirmed on Thursday.
The Keystone pipeline system, an addition to which has been the subject of environmental protests for years, leaked about 383,000 gallons of crude oil in North Dakota, covering an estimated half-acre of wetland, state environmental regulators said.
The probable cause of that spill was a “fatigue crack” from mechanical damage during the pipeline’s construction, the National Transportation Safety Board concluded last year. A metal-tracked vehicle likely caused the crack, which grew over time until the pipeline ruptured.
Since 1986 pipeline accidents have spilled an average of 76,000 barrels per year or more than 3 million gallons. This is equivalent to 200 barrels every day. Oil is by far the most commonly spilled substance, followed by natural gas and gasoline.
HISTORY OF SPILLS : TransCanada’s Keystone pipeline (21 SPILLS : 2010-19)
Dakota Access, LLC, controlled by Energy Transfer Partners, started constructing the pipeline in June 2016. The pipeline was completed by April 2017 and its first oil was delivered on May 14, 2017.
Public concerns over dangerous pipeline leaks are far from ungrounded, as more than 1,650 individual leaks have occurred in the U.S. since 2010, spilling more than 11.5 million gallons of oil.
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Pipeline system and key points The Keystone pipeline system is owned by TransCanada Keystone Pipeline GP Ltd. and was put in service in 2010. The Keystone pipeline transports crude oil from Hardisty, Alberta to refining markets in the U.S. Midwest and U.S. Gulf Coast. 5 дней назад
TC Energy’s controversial pipelines TC’s most notable leak occurred in 2017 after about 210,000 gallons of oil leaked from the Keystone Pipeline in South Dakota , prompting monthslong protests which drew up to 10,000 people at there peak.
A recent Wall Street Journal review found that there were 1,400 pipeline spills and accidents in the U.S. 2010–2013. According to the Journal review, four in every five pipeline accidents are discovered by local residents, not the companies that own the pipelines .
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The proposed Keystone XL Pipeline is a $13 billion project that will connect a secure and growing supply of Canadian crude oil with the largest refining centers in the United States, significantly benefiting the United States energy supply.