Keystone pipeline shuts down across several states after leak, company says
Right now, there is a major leak from the Transcanada Keystone Pipeline happening adjacent to the Lake Traverse Reservation where I’m enrolled. The reservation is home of the Sisseton Wahpeton Dakota.
TransCanada says estimated 210,000 gallons (5k barrels) of oil spilled from Keystone pipeline near Amherst, South Dakota. Cause under investigation…
Sisseton Wahpeton Tribal Chairman Flute says the pipeline leak is being monitored & the impact to our environment is not known. Will update.
You can see in brown where the Keystone Pipeline cuts through South Dakota. This isn’t to be confused with the Dakota Access Pipeline, a completely separate pipeline that brought a lot of controversy.
The company says crews detected a drop in pressure at about 6 am CT this morning and shut down the pipeline, which runs from Hardesty, Alberta to Cushing, Oklahoma and Wood River/Patoka, Illinois.
Here’s an aerial view of the oil spill today in South Dakota. TransCanada, the company that owns the pipe, still hasn’t called me back to say what caused the leak.
The chairman of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate tribe told BuzzFeed News the Keystone leak was on a section of pipeline adjacent to his reservation. He said the area has “the cleanest lakes in South Dakota,” as well as a large subterranean aquifer
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“This is the largest Keystone oil spill to date in South Dakota, said Brian Walsh, a spokesman for the state’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources.”
The same Keystone pipeline has leaked on the Lake Traverse Reservation before.
The pipeline leak occurred in Marshall county. Fort Sisseton is there. It was a military installation established to fight Oceti Sakowin.