(Reuters) – TransCanada Corp mentioned on Friday it has recovered 44,400 gallons, or 1,057 barrels, of oil from the Keystone pipeline spill site at Amherst, South Dakota.
The corporate had close down its 590,000 barrel-per-day Keystone pipeline, which hyperlinks Alberta’s oil sands to U.S. refineries, on Nov. 16 after a five,000-barrel spill. It has now not but set an anticipated restart date for the pipeline, which is one of Canada’s major crude export pipelines.
Additional excavation might be performed past Sunday for soil remediation functions, the Calgary-based corporate mentioned, including, it has about 170 group of workers round the clock at the site engaged in clean-up actions.
Preliminary inspections of the broken segment might be finished on site via each TransCanada and U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) group of workers, then despatched to Washington, D.C., for an investigation via the National Transportation Safety Board’s Metallurgical Laboratory, the corporate mentioned.
“As a safety precaution, TransCanada sampled one residential water well yesterday at a location about 1.5 miles from the site to alleviate any concerns — all test results were normal,” TransCanada added.
Reporting via Catherine Ngai in New York and Eileen Soreng in Bengaluru; Editing via Lisa Shumaker