Keystone Pipeline Resumes Oil Transportation Tuesday


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

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

The business will operate the pipeline at a lower pressure beginning Tuesday, “to ensure a safe and gradual gain in the quantity of crude oil going through the machine,” officials said.

South Dakota officials don’t feel the leak polluted any surface water bodies or drinking water systems. More than 44,000 gallons of oil had been recovered as of Sunday, the company said.

TransCanada officials  isclosed the buried pipeline leak Nov. 16 on agricultural property in Marshall County, S.D. Monday that they resisted the landowner who granted the company access to the property for cleanup and fix.

It was the second South Dakota spill to the pipeline, which can be less than a decade old.

The third episode in North Dakota spilled an identical amount. The flow came as regulators in Nebraska Debated the approval of this KeystoneXL pipeline, another and once-shuttered job resumed when President Trump issued a long-delayed permit.