Binding Open Season Announced for the Keystone Pipeline

TC Energy, formerly known as TransCanada has announced an open season to solicit binding commitments for crude oil transportation services on the Keystone Pipeline System.

The pipeline runs from Hardisty, Alberta to markets on the US Gulf Coast.

Interested parties may submit binding bids for transportation capacity during the open season that will close at 12 pm MT on 19 July 2019.


TransCanada Restarts Keystone Oil Pipeline After Recent Leak in Missouri

A section of TransCanada’s Keystone oil pipeline has been restarted after a leak of about 43 barrels of crude occurred in Missouri earlier this month forcing the company to shut service on the pipe, company spokesman Terry Cunha said.

Keystone pipeline system allows the flow of 590,000 bpd taking Canadian crude from northern Alberta to refineries in the U.S. Midwest.

Following a leak of 43 barrels of crude oil, TransCanada had shut an arm of Keystone from Steele City, Nebraska to Patoka, Illinois on February 6th.

A spokesman for U.S. regulator PHMSA said that the line was restarted with a 20 percent reduction of pressure.


TransCanada's Keystone Pipeline Found to be Likely Cause of Missouri Oil Spill

TransCanada said its Keystone pipeline is the likely culprit of the Missouri oil spill that prompted a segment of the line to be shut last week.

"Preliminary investigation has led TransCanada to believe that the oil discovered in St. Charles county likely originates from the Keystone Pipeline system," a company spokesman said in an email Friday.

The 43-barrel oil leak prompted Enbridge to shut its parallel Platte crude line, before announcing that they would resume operations by last Saturday after investigations led them to be confident enough that the leak was not caused by their pipeline.

TransCanada has approximately 75 people on site to continue to excavate and safely expose the area of concern. The company spokesperson also continued to affirm that there is no threat to public safety or the environment.

PHMSA revealed that the excavation won’t be completed until Sunday.


Judge Reverses Pre-Construction Block for TransCanada's Keystone XL Pipeline

TransCanada will now be allowed to conduct engineering and planning activities, confirm shipper contracts, meet with different groups and acquire equipment, as well as deal with all permit and land rights after U.S. District Judge Brian Morris clarified his November 8th injunction in a call with TransCanada on Wednesday.

Prior to the call, TransCanada was unsure of the Judge’s stance on their permission to conduct pre-construction work on the Keystone XL pipeline and considered it separate from the blocked permit to build the pipeline itself.

This allows TransCanada to have everything set in order to not go far beyond their expected due date after permit issues are resolved.

The company should now be able to proceed with purchasing materials and finalizing contracts.


Montana Federal Judge Blocks U.S. and TransCanada from Proceeding with Keystone XL

TransCanada Corp.’s Keystone XL pipeline project was blocked by a Montana federal judge as further environmental reviews pend.

The set-back occurred Thursday night as it became just the recent issue in the decade-long push to build the 1,179-mile long project designed to deliver crude from Alberta’s oil sands to a Nebraska junction and ultimately to refineries near the Gulf of Mexico.

The Indigenous Environmental Network, River Alliance and Northern Plains Resource Council filed two lawsuits against the U.S. in 2017 after President Trump approved the project to cross the U.S.- Canada border. TransCanada joined the litigation to make sure the permit gets approved.

The U.S. District Judge barred both TransCanada and the U.S. “from engaging in any activity in furtherance of the construction or operation of Keystone and associated facilities” until the U.S. State Department completes a supplemental review.

The judge agrees with a 2014 environmental impact assessment that failed to meet regulatory standards.

Houston Chronicle

North Dakota's TransCanada Keystone Pipeline Spill Likely From Crack Occurring During Install

The National Transportation Safety Board reported that the November 2017 TransCanada Keystone Pipeline spill that leaked in South Dakota was likely caused by an expanding crack that first happened during the installation phase.

The crack ended up leaking 407,000 gallons and probably occurred from a metal-tracked vehicle damaging the pipe, according to the report that was issued on Thursday, July 5th. The leaked oil was twice as much as the initially reported estimate, making it the 7th largest spill of onshore oil or petroleum product since 2010, as reported to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Keystone’s detection system detected the spill and shut down the pipeline, but crude oil still spilled.

No injuries were associated with the incident and TransCanada was able to resume the pipeline’s use 12 days after the leak.

Grand Folks Herald


November Keystone Crude Oil Spill Nearly Double Original Estimated Amount

A 2017 crude oil spill in South Dakota that came from TransCanada's Keystone pipeline was nearly double the original estimate, making the November incident the largest inland spill in the U.S. since 2010.

The Aberdeen American News reported that a spokesperson for TransCanada told the newspaper the incident caused 9,700 barrels of oil to leak in rural South Dakota on November 16. The original estimate was 5,000 barrels.

The pipeline was shut down immediately following the incident and was back in operation less than two weeks later.

TransCanada said the pipeline had been fully repaired and cleanup had been conducted.

The Keystone crude oil pipeline moves 590,000 barrels a day and links Alberta's oil fields to U.S. refineries.


TransCanada to Run Inspection Device in Keystone Pipeline After Spill

TransCanada plans to run an inspection device through its Keystone oil pipeline to check other segments of the pipe for similar characteristics to a section that ruptured in South Dakota in mid November.

The inspection is required of TransCanada by PHMSA, which issued a corrective order on the estimated 210,000-gallon oil spill. PHMSA said in its report that the leak was likely caused by pipeline and coating damaged from a weight that was installed on the pipeline during construction in 2008.

TransCanada said it would run the pipeline inspection gauge through its system within a 120-day period, as ordered by PHMSA.

The company will also submit a proposal to analyze available data on other weight locations for similarities with the faulty segment of pipe.

Houston Chronicle

PHMSA Says Keystone Leak Likely Caused by Construction Damage in 2008

PHMSA issued a report Tuesday saying a recent Keystone oil pipeline leak was likely caused by damage during construction in 2008.

TransCanada's Keystone oil pipeline leaked 210,000 gallons of oil in South Dakota in mid November, and PHMSA officials are investigating the faulty section of the pipe. In a corrective action report, PHMSA wrote that a weight installed on the pipeline during construction in 2008 may have damaged the pipeline and coating.

Weights are sometimes placed on pipelines in areas where water could result in buoyancy concerns, according to PHMSA's report.

TransCanada has been working on the cleanup process at the spill site in Amherst, South Dakota. The state said it does not believe oil from the leak polluted any surface water bodies or drinking water systems.

TransCanada restarted the Keystone oil pipeline on Tuesday at reduced pressure.


Keystone Oil Pipeline to Resume Operations at Reduced Pressure

TransCanada's Keystone oil pipeline will resume operations Tuesday at reduced pressure after a mid-November spill that leaked 210,000 gallons of oil into South Dakota.

TransCanada's 590,000 barrels-per-day oil pipeline has been shut down for nearly two weeks following the leak in Amherst, South Dakota. The company has recovered about 20 percent of the spilled oil so far and continues cleanup operations onsite.

PHMSA approved the restart at reduced pressure and has been sent the faulty section of the pipeline for investigation.

The Keystone pipeline began operations in 2010 and moves oil from Alberta, Canada to Cushing, Oklahoma and Patoka, Illinois.

United Press International

TransCanada Recovers More Than 44,000 Gallons of Crude at Keystone Pipeline Spill Site

TransCanada reports it has recovered 44,400 gallons of oil from the Keystone pipeline spill site that occurred in South Dakota earlier this month.

TransCanada shut down its 590,000 barrels-per-day Keystone pipeline on November 16 after it disclosed a 210,000 gallon spill on agricultural land in Amherst, South Dakota. A restart date has not yet been determined.

The company currently has about 170 personnel on site helping in cleanup activities.

The company said preliminary inspections of the damaged section of its Keystone pipeline will be done by the company and PHMSA staffs then sent to D.C. for an investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board's Metallurgical Laboratory.

TransCanada also said it conducted tests on a residential water well near the spill site and said all test results were normal.

The Keystone pipeline began operations in 2010 and transports crude from Canada to refineries in Illinois and Oklahoma.


TransCanada Begins Excavation Work after 210,000-Gallon Pipeline Oil Spill

TransCanada has begun excavation work at the location of a 210,000-gallon oil spill from its Keystone pipeline in South Dakota, said a state official on Monday.

The company is still trying to pinpoint exactly where the leak came from on its 590,000-barrels-per-day Keystone pipeline that moves Alberta, Canada oil sands to U.S. refineries.

Crews have started digging small excavations along the leak and have recovered some of the oil from the area.

Approximately 150 people are working around the clock to clean the area and investigate the cause of the spill, said TransCanada.

A restart date has not yet been established for the Keystone pipeline.

The spill occurred just a few days before TransCanada's Keystone XL expansion pipeline cleared a large hurdle by receiving permission from Nebraska to route through the state.


Keystone Crude Pipeline Leaks 210,000 Gallons in South Dakota

TransCanada's Keystone pipeline leaked an estimated 210,000 gallons of oil in South Dakota and was shut down by the company after it disclosed the spill on Thursday.

The spill occurred on agricultural land in northeastern South Dakota, but state officials do not believe the leak polluted any surface water or drinking water systems.

TransCanada detected a drop in pressure that resulted from the leak south of a pump station in Marshall County and activated emergency response procedures. The cause is currently being investigated.

The oil spill comes just days before Nebraska regulators are scheduled to announce their decision whether to approve the proposed Keystone XL route through their state. The Keystone XL would be an expansion that boosts the amount of oil TransCanada currently ships through the existing line called Keystone.

The Keystone pipeline began operations in 2010 and transports crude from Canada to refineries in Illinois and Oklahoma.

The Keystone XL project would move crude from Alberta, Canada to Nebraska, where it would connect with existing pipeline feeding refineries along the Gulf Coast.