Keystone Pipeline Remains Closed By Spill


       Keystone Pipeline remains closed by a leak and spill in northeast Kansas about 20 miles south of Steele, Nebraska, with no timeline yet for its reopening. 

      The spill of 14,000 barrels or about 580,000 gallons of crude oil on Wednesday entered a creek, but was contained and is being siphoned off. The cause of the leak is yet to be determined.

      Pipeline operator TC Energy released a statement on its website Sunday morning saying the company was working on the cleanup with 2 federal agencies – the EPA and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration – as well as the Kansas Dept of Health and Environment. 

    The statement said TC Energy has 250 personnel, including third-party specialists, working to repair damage and monitor potential health risks in the area. A new concern is a forecast of rain starting today.

      TC Energy says it’s working with landowners, local, state and federal officials and tribal nation representatives in the response to the incident