TransCanada ordered to inspect part of Keystone pipeline in South Dakota

TransCanada ordered to inspect part of Keystone pipeline in South Dakota
This photo, provided by TransCanada, shows the area affected by the Keystone Pipeline spill in northeastern South Dakota in 2017.

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) — TransCanada Corp. is digging up a portion of the Keystone oil pipeline in South Dakota after an inspection identified potential issues with the pipeline’s coating.

Brian Walsh, spokesman for the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources, tells Aberdeen American News that there aren’t any reported leaks. He says the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is ordering the natural gas company to further inspect the route north of Britton.

TransCanada spokesman Matthew John says crews are conducting “standard monitoring and inspections” of the pipeline.

The Keystone pipeline section being investigated is about 15 miles north of where a crack last year caused an estimated 210,000 gallons of oil to spill between the Ludden, North Dakota, and Ferney, South Dakota, pump stations. A federal investigation into the pipeline failure is ongoing.

The proposed Keystone XL pipeline, which would cross Nebraska, is separate from the Keystone pipeline.

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