Keystone pipeline spills nearly 7 tank cars' worth of oil

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AMHERST, N.D. — Trans Canada's Keystone Pipeline sprang a leak on Nov. 16 and spilled an estimated 5,000 barrels, or 210,000 gallons of crude oil near a small North Dakota town.

TransCanada said that the leak occurred 35 miles south of the Ludden pump station in the state's southeast corner, and that the spill was "completely isolated” before it affected any bodies of water. However, the spill gives ammunition to parties that oppose the construction of an extension to the pipeline on grounds that potential spills may cause contamination of aquifers and other sources of drinking water.

The Keystone spill is the equivalent of nearly seven fully loaded DOT-111 type tank cars at slightly more than 30,000 gallons per car.

Last week's spill isn't the first time that the Keystone pipeline sprung a leak — in both 2011 and 2016, it spilled about 400 barrels of oil in the same region. Thursday's leak came hours before Nebraska's Public Service Commission was scheduled to decide whether or not to permit construction of the controversial Keystone XL extension. The agency's approval was one of the last roadblocks to construction after the Trump administration signaled their support for the project in early 2017.

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