TransCanada shuts part of Keystone pipeline after South Dakota oil spill

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A total of 210,000 gallons of oil leaked Thursday from the Keystone Pipeline in Marshall County, South Dakota, the pipeline's operator, TransCanada, said.

The pipeline from Hardisty, Alberta, to Cushing, Oklahoma, and to Wood River and Patoka in IL, has been shut, while the southern leg of the system to the Gulf Coast remains operational, the company said.

"Regulators in the neighboring state of Nebraska are expected to announce a decision on the company's proposed Keystone XL pipeline next week".

A TransCanada crew shut down the pipeline at 6 a.m. Thursday morning after detecting an oil leak along the line, the company said.

The Keystone pipeline has leaked more than 200,000 gallons of oil in South Dakota, the company for the project said on Thursday. The estimated volume of the leak is approximately 5,000 barrels. State regulators have already granted construction permits for the pipeline.

The company said the spill occurred on private land near Amherst and Britton, S.D., which about 35 miles northeast of Aberdeen and only about 20 miles south of the North Dakota border.

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The pipeline transports crude from Alberta, Canada, to refineries in IL and Oklahoma, passing through the eastern Dakotas, Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri.

The same pipeline leaked about 17,000 gallons past year near Freeman, South Dakota.

The federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration didn't immediately return an email requesting additional information from The Associated Press.

The Keystone XL is proposed to cut through the Nebraska Sandhills and connect with the existing Keystone Pipeline on the southern edge of the state.

TransCanada is seeking to expand its Keystone pipeline network.

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