(SD)-TransCanada Agrees To Federal Agency Orders On Keystone Pipeline Spill
AMHERST, S.D. (AP) - TransCanada says it will abide by a federal agency's order to run an inspection device through its Keystone oil pipeline to make sure there aren't other segments with similar characteristics to a section that ruptured earlier this month in northeastern South Dakota, spilling 210,000 gallons of crude oil
The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration this week issued a corrective order on the spill that concluded a weight installed on the pipeline nearly a decade ago may have damaged the pipe and coating, eventually causing the spill. Weights were placed at various locations along the pipeline in areas where the water table could cause buoyancy problems.
The agency order says TransCanada must run a pipeline inspection gauge through its system within a 120-day period and submit a proposal to analyze available data on the other weight locations for similarities with the leak location.
TransCanada resumed operation of the Keystone pipeline at reduced pressure on Monday and is slowing ramping back up to normal pressure.
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