Federal officials say the existing Keystone pipeline has been shut down temporarily.
The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration reports TransCanada ceased pushing crude oil through the pipeline due to worries about the safety of the Keystone pipeline between Missouri and Illinois. No leaks have been reported. An agency inspector has been dispatched to see how TransCanada responds.
The company expects to restart shipping oil through the pipeline Saturday. It pumps about 590,000 barrels of crude oil a day from Alberta, Canada to facilities in Illinois and Oklahoma.
The original pipeline is 2,100 miles long. The proposed Keystone XL pipeline would extend 1,700 miles from western Canada to oil refineries along the Gulf Coast in Texas. The $7 billion pipeline is pending approval both in the state of Nebraska and from the State Department, which must approve its entry into the United States.