The energy company responsible for the pipeline did not say what caused the spill or how much of the oil leaked.
The Keystone pipeline was halted after an oil spill into a creek in the US state of Kansas. The pipeline transports more than 600,000 barrels of oil from Canada to the Texas Gulf Coast every day.
based in Canada TC . Energy said in a press release that it closed the pipeline Wednesday night in response to a drop in pipeline pressure. The company has yet to provide information on the size and cause of the spill.
“The system remains down as our teams actively respond and work to contain and recover the oil,” release speak.
The spill led to an oil leak into a creek in northeastern Kansas, and the company said it is using machinery to prevent the oil from moving further downstream. The pipelines have long raised concerns about the destructive potential of oil spills.
Another process previously proposed by TC, Keystone XL . Pipelinewould be 1,930 kilometers (1,200 mi) long and cut through the US states of Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska.
That proposal provoked strong opposition from supporters who said it would increase the likelihood of oil spills, undermine the rights of Indigenous community and exacerbate climate change.
Former President Donald Trump approved the license for the controversial project in 2017 but a The court suspended construction in 2018 before license has been canceled by the administration of President Joe Biden last year.
TC finally abandoned this attempt in June 2021 but since then file a complaint seeking compensation for the losses it says it faced because of the cancellation.
Wednesday’s spill comes several years after the Keystone pipeline leaked about 1.4 million liters (383,000 gallons) of oil in eastern North Dakota in 2019.
When news of the shutdown spread on Wednesday, oil prices jumped about 5%.
“It’s something to watch, but not necessarily with an immediate impact at the moment,” said Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy, which tracks gas prices. “Ultimately, it could affect oil supplies to refineries, which could be severe if it lasted more than a few days.”
In its statement, Keystone said its primary focus was on “the health and safety of our employees and employees on site, the surrounding community, and minimizing risk to the environment through the implementation of deploy explosive devices downstream as we work to contain and prevent further waste movement out.”
Before Keystone Spill resulted in an outage lasting up to two weeks. However, analysts have noted that the current outage could possibly last longer as it involves a body of water.