pipeline spills

Keystone Pipeline Oil Spill Reported In South Dakota

TransCanada, the company that owns and operates the Keystone Pipeline, says that an estimated 210,000 gallons, or 5,000 barrels, of oil have spilled near the small town of Amherst, S.D.

The cause of the leak is under investigation, according to the company’s website. TransCanada crews detected a drop in pressure at about 6 a.m. CT Thursday morning and shut down the pipeline, which runs from Hardesty, Alberta, to Cushing, Okla., and Wood River/Patoka, Ill.

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Keystone's existing pipeline spills far more than predicted to regulators
TransCanada Corp's (TRP.TO) existing Keystone pipeline has leaked substantially more oil, and more often, in the United States than indicated in risk assessments the company provided to regulators before the project began operating in 2010, according to documents reviewed by Reuters.

An aerial view shows the darkened ground of an oil spill which shut down the Keystone pipeline between Canada and the United States, located in an agricultural area near Amherst, South Dakota. REUTERS/Dronebase


The existing 2,147-mile (3,455 km) Keystone system from Hardisty, Alberta, to the Texas coast has had three significant leaks in the United States since it began operating in 2010, including a 5,000-barrel spill this month in rural South Dakota, and two others, each about 400 barrels, in South Dakota in 2016 and North Dakota in 2011.

Before constructing the pipeline, TransCanada provided a spill risk assessment to regulators that estimated the chance of a leak of more than 50 barrels to be “not more than once every seven to 11 years over the entire length of the pipeline in the United States,” according to its South Dakota operating permit.

For South Dakota alone, where the line has leaked twice, the estimate was for a “spill no more than once every 41 years.”

The spill risk analysis was conducted by global risk management company DNV GL. A spokesman for DNV did not respond to a request for comment.

Members of South Dakota’s Public Utilities Commission told Reuters last week they could revoke TransCanada’s operating permit if an initial probe of last week’s spill shows it violated the terms of the license.

Those terms include requirements for standards for construction, regular inspections of pipeline infrastructure, and other environmental safeguards.

“They testified that this is going to be a state-of-the-art pipeline,” said one of the commissioners, Gary Hanson. “We want to know the pipeline is going to operate in a fashion that is safe and reliable. So far it’s not going well.”

Canada oil pipeline spills 200,000 liters on aboriginal land

A pipeline in the western Canadian province of Saskatchewan has leaked 200,000 liters (52,834 gallons) of oil in an aboriginal community, the provincial government said on Monday.

The government was notified late in the afternoon on Friday, and 170,000 liters have since been recovered, said Doug McKnight, assistant deputy minister in the Ministry of the Economy, which regulates pipelines in Saskatchewan.

Oil pipelines are viewed by the oil-rich provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan as a critical lifeline to move crude to the coast, but they have drawn fierce opposition from environmental and indigenous groups.

The spill came seven months after another major incident in Saskatchewan, in which a Husky Energy Inc pipeline leaked 225,000 liters into a major river and cut off the drinking water supply for two cities.

It was not immediately clear how the current incident happened or which company owns the underground pipeline that leaked the oil.

McKnight said Tundra Energy Marketing Inc, which has a line adjacent to the spill, is leading cleanup efforts.

“There are a number of pipes in the area,” he told reporters in Regina. “Until we excavate it, we won’t know with 100-percent certainty which pipe.”

Tundra, a privately held unit of Canadian grain trading and energy conglomerate James Richardson and Sons Ltd, released a statement saying it is cooperating with all levels of government and will ensure “the affected land is restored appropriately.”

The incident happened in the lands of the Ocean Man First Nation 140 km (87 miles) southeast of the provincial capital of Regina, according to the province.

McKnight said the spill has been contained in the low-lying area in which it was discovered. Ocean Man Chief Connie Big Eagle said the spill was 15 meters (50 feet) in diameter on Friday.

Ocean Man has 540 residents, one-third of whom live on the reserve, Big Eagle said.

She said an area resident who had smelled the scent of oil for a week located the spill and alerted her on Friday. The chief said there are no homes near the spill but it is about 400 meters (1,320 feet) from the local cemetery.

“We have got to make sure that Tundra has done everything that they can to get our land back to the way it was. That can take years,” she said. “They have assured me that they follow up and they don’t leave … until we are satisfied.”


Peruvian Amazonian Indigenous Peoples Protest Oil Pipelines

The Indigenous people in Peru are protesting the 10th oil pipeline leak that is devastating the Peruvian Amazon causing severe health problems, crop damage and massive contamination.

Sign from the Kinder Morgan Pipeline protest in Vancouver today:

Few Recent Oil Related Spills in Canada (in litres):

2011- Little Buffalo, 4.5 million

2012 - Red Deer River, 461,000

2012 - Elk Point, 230,000

2013 - Cold Lake, 1.5 million

2014 - Slave Lake, 70,000

2014 - Red Earth Creek, 60,000

2015 - Peace River, 2.7 million

2015 - Long Lake, 5 million

2016 - Prince Albert, 250,000

Pipeline spills 176,000 gallons of crude into creek about 150 miles from Dakota Access protest camp
North Dakota officials estimate more than 176,000 gallons of crude oil leaked from the Belle Fourche Pipeline into the Ash Coulee Creek.
By Tom DiChristopher

A pipeline leak has spilled tens of thousands of gallons of crude oil into a North Dakota creek roughly two and a half hours from Cannon Ball, where protesters are camped out in opposition to the Dakota Access pipeline.

Members of the Standing Rock Sioux and other tribes, as well as environmentalists from around the country, have fought the pipeline project on the grounds that it crosses beneath a lake that provides drinking water to native Americans. They say the route beneath Lake Oahe puts the water source in jeopardy and would destroy sacred land.

North Dakota officials estimate more than 176,000 gallons of crude oil leaked from the Belle Fourche Pipeline into the Ash Coulee Creek. State environmental scientist Bill Suess says a landowner discovered the spill on Dec. 5 near the city of Belfield, which is roughly 150 miles from the epicenter of the Dakota Access pipeline protest camps.

The leak was contained within hours of the its discovery, Wendy Owen, a spokeswoman for Casper, Wyoming-based True Cos., which operates the Belle Fourche pipeline, told CNBC.

It’s not yet clear why electronic monitoring equipment didn’t detect the leak, Owen told the Asssociated Press.


Secular Talk | Keystone XL Pipeline Spills 210k Gallons Of Oil

James Ballew –  a fisherman from the Lummi Nation – prepares his nets before heading out on the water. The Lummi are a Native American tribe whose reservation sits along the Salish Sea in Washington State. They share this waterway with Canada – and the plans to expand the Trans Mountain Pipeline could mean that oil tanker traffic in the area would increase sevenfold. The Lummi have formed an alliance with First Nation communities inside Canada to oppose it. It’s the most recent sign of increased co-operation and activism among indigenous groups that are working to stop these kinds of projects. 

Jay Julius is a fisherman and elected council member for the Lummi Nation. He says, “A pipeline leak, an oil spill knows nothing about boundaries. It has no idea when it’s entering or about to leave a reservation. It has no idea when it’s about to cross the Canadian border… so when a spill happens up there, it’s going to impact us severely.”

- Lulu 

(Photo: Ian Stewart/NPR)

Damaged Peru pipeline leaks 3,000 barrels of oil into Amazon region
Jungle covered in black sludge after a landslide caused the country’s main oil pipeline to rupture, polluting rivers relied on by eight native communities

Two rivers that native villages rely on for water have been contaminated. 

Peru’s health ministry has declared a water quality emergency in five districts near the spill. 

I’m very judgmental because I believe that once you know the results of an action, you cannot repeat that action and claim you did not intend the results.

- We know that pipelines burst and spill, contaminating any water near them. You cannot build a pipeline near water and claim you do not intend to poison the water. That is the known result of your actions.

- We know that outlawing abortion doesn’t lessen the number of abortions, it just raises the number of dead women. You cannot outlaw (or effectively outlaw) abortion and claim that you do not intend for women to die. That is the known result of your actions.

- We know that repealing the ACA will cause thousands of poor and chronically ill people to die from lack of healthcare. Our lawmakers cannot repeal the ACA and claim that they do not intend for thousands of people to die.

- We know that strict gun laws lower the rate of gun violence significantly. Our lawmakers cannot oppose these regulations and claim that they do not intend America to have more victims of gun violence.

I could go on.

mansdal-deactivated20170701  asked:

Why are so many celebrities using their voices to prevent oil pipelines? Clearly they are the safest and most environmentally friendly way. Greener energy is the way the future. I agree fully with slowly transferring to a new way in an appropriate time. Also why should I listen to a "celebrity" and not a regular person? Is using your fame to alter minds ethical? If you are against oil and gas, are you willing to take all oil products and bi-products out of your life completely and live hippy?

Pipelines are leaking constantly and explode and burst, we hear about it in the news once a month but there are thousands of incidents a year. The problem is there proximity to water sources. Once and aquifer is contaminated it’s always contaminated. There is no going back. We simply can not drink oil water is essential for life, oil is not. 


We all understand that Climate Change is real and man made. The sooner we stop burning oil and facilitate it the sooner we transition to Renewable energy. There is a lot each one of us can do without living like “Hippys” we can start making the transitions ourselves by leasing solar panels or updating our homes to be more energy efficient which we can do and have the savings we get from doing this pay for the upgrades. It’s called on bill efficiency upgrades. 

When celebrities get involved with a cause they believe in it’s usually because the people who started it aren’t being heard. A lot of people don’t want pipelines in their communities. It’s as simple as that. You probably wouldn’t want one going through your water supply like the folks in Standing Rock I am sure. Especially when you look at how many of them leak burst and explode. The CEO of Energy Transfer Partners Kelcy Warren  says so himself in a recent interview.


He says he will not win an argument on pipelines failing but that is exactly the argument he must win when we are talking about the most essential element to all living things, Water. 


Pipeline spills in the US; data is beautiful even when its ugly.

We need to protect our waters & everyone is connected to water. It’s how we live. Too many pipelines have spilled thousands and thousands of gallons of poison, ruining Reservation land, and our water supply.  And it can’t be undone. But we can prevent more from happening. We’re all connected to this water supply, so we must protect it.