Keystone pipeline has now leaked more oil in the US than any other since 2010: report

On the heels of another spill last week, the massive Keystone pipeline has now leaked more oil than any other pipeline since 2010, according to a new report from Bloomberg.

With more than 26,000 barrels of crude oil spilled in the last 12 years, the hazardous liquid pipeline system has come under controversy after some two dozen accidents and takes the top spot for most spillage in the last 12 years, Bloomberg reported.

Keystone leaked an estimated 14,000 barrels into a creek in northeastern Kansas last week, spurring TC Energy to shut down the massive vein while the company tries to contain the oil and recoup what was lost.

The US Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has issued a corrective order to operator TC Energy, requiring the company address the current Keystone leak, develop and submit “restart plan” to resume operations for approval, and submit quarterly reports moving forward.

The 2,687-mile hazardous liquid pipeline runs from Hardisty, Alberta, in Canada through the Midwest US to Port Arthur, Texas.

According to data from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) last year, Keystone has carried more than 3 billion barrels across the US since 2010, but “the severity of its spills has worsened in recent years.”

The pipeline saw 22 accidents from 2010 to 2020, which isn’t unlike other pipelines — but six of those met agency criteria for an incident “impacting people or the environment,” according to the GAO.


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