TransCanada says it's found source of Keystone Pipeline leak

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

FREEMAN, S.D. (AP) — TransCanada says its crews have identified a small leak on the Keystone Pipeline near its Freeman pump station in South Dakota.

The company estimates the leak let about 16,800 gallons of oil seep into a field about 4 miles away in Hutchinson County. It has said there's no significant environmental impact or threat to public safety.

TransCanada spokesman Mark Cooper says engineers are evaluating a repair method in conjunction with the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration. After the company makes the repair, it will work with the PHMSA to restart the pipeline.

Cooper says crews exposed more than 275 feet of pipe to find the leak, which was reported on Saturday.

The pipeline runs from Alberta, Canada, to refineries in Illinois and Oklahoma, traversing the Dakotas, Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri.