Crude oil is pumping once again through the Keystone pipeline, though it likely won’t return to normal flow rates until next month.
TransCanada shut the pipeline down last week after an inspection discovered what the company called a “small anomaly”.
The company declined to give the location of the problem, but the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration reported TransCanada ceased pushing crude oil through the pipeline due to worries about the safety of it between Missouri and Illinois. No leaks were reported.
TransCanada 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.