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Monday, April 18, 2016

Permit Was Denied


The TransCanada pipeline would carry crude oil from Canada's oil sands area to Texas refineries.

Last year, environmental concerns led President Obama to deny a permit to expand the Keystone pipeline.  TransCanada challenged that denial in U.S. federal court.

A leak was discovered on 4/2/16, that forced a key section of the controversial pipeline to be shut down. TransCanada initially told regulators the spill totaled about 187 gallons of oil.

TransCanada told CNNMoney that while the company has "made progress" in trying to find the source of the leak, it has "yet to pinpoint the source."  Despite that, TransCanada said the spill has been "controlled" because the pipeline was shut down immediately after it was reported and valves and pump stations were shut down remotely.  The company said visual inspections confirmed the valves were closed.

A TransCanada spokesperson claimed: "There is no significant environmental impact observed."  They admitted, that a crew of about 100 people continue to work "around the clock" with regulators at the site, which is about four miles from its Freeman pump station in Hutchinson County, South Dakota.

More recently, the company admitted to regulators the spill totals roughly 400 barrels, which is equal to about 16,800 gallons. The new oil spill estimate was based on the safe excavation of soil to expose more than 100 feet of pipe.  That estimate includes the amount of oil observed in the soil and the "potential area impacted."

TransCanada said it has "taken this incident very seriously" and continues to work with federal and state regulatory agencies.

Nevertheless, environmentalists continue to criticized TransCanada over the oil spill.  Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club wrote: “The disaster is a stark reminder that it's not a question if a pipeline will malfunction, but rather a question of when.”

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