That pipeline has moved one-billion barrels of oil since it went into operation in 2010.
Cory Goulet, president of Keystone Projects for TransCanada, says 14 spills have been documented from the pipeline during that time.
“Most of them were a couple of gallons in size,” Goulet says, “and they were all associated with either pumps or valves or other equipment that just needs regular maintenance.” He says since the maintenance schedule has been stepped up, there have been no spills in the past several years.
Goulet says the bulk of the 14 leaks happened soon after the line began moving oil.
“None of those spills were the base pipeline itself,” he says. “The largest one was 400 barrels in size and except for five barrels that was sprayed onto a farmer’s field, 395 barrels were contained within the dike system on the pump station.”
The Keystone pipeline crosses North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska and Kansas. The line now moves more than 400,000 barrels of oil every day.
The proposed Keystone XL pipeline still needs President Obama’s approval before it can be built across Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska, connecting to the existing Keystone pipeline.
TransCanada says 90% of Nebraska landowners along the proposed route have agreed to sign easements.
By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton