ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) — TransCanada Corp. is digging up a portion of the Keystone oil pipeline in South Dakota after an inspection identified potential problems with the pipeline’s coating.
Brian Walsh, spokesman for the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources, told the Aberdeen American News that there aren’t any reported leaks. He said the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is ordering the energy company to further inspect the route north of Britton.
TransCanada spokesman Matthew John said 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.