Published November 16, 2017
MARSHALL COUNTY, SOUTH DAKOTA – The Keystone pipeline was shut down on Thursday, November 16, 2917, because an oil spill in Marshall, South Dakota. State of South Dakota officials indicated some 210,000 gallons of oil spilled onto agricultural land. The officials claim the pipeline leak did not contaminate any drinking water systems or surface bodies of water.
The Keystone pipeline is owned by TransCanada Corp., which is the process of gaining approval for the Keystone XL pipeline.
President Donald Trump issued a federal permit for the expansion project in March even though it had been rejected by the Obama administration. The Keystone XL project would move crude oil from Alberta, Canada, across Montana and South Dakota to Nebraska, where it would connect with existing pipelines feeding refineries along the Gulf Coast.
Discovery of the leak comes just days before Nebraska regulators are scheduled to announce their decision Monday whether to approve the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline, an expansion that would boost the amount of oil TransCanada is now shipping through the existing line, which is known simply as Keystone. The expansion has faced fierce opposition from environmental groups, American Indian tribes and some landowners.