Media Silent As Keystone Pipeline Leak 100 Times Larger Than Initially Reported

TransCanada initially claimed Keystone pipeline spill only amounted to 4.5 barrels, but now puts estimate at 400 barrels.
By @nadiaprupis |
Be Sociable, Share!
  • Reddit
    • Google+

    The oil spill that shut down a portion of the Keystone 1 pipeline in South Dakota last weekend is much bigger than initially estimated, TransCanada admitted on Thursday—almost 100 times bigger, in fact.

    The fossil fuel company said the “potential volume” of the spill in Freeman, discovered by a passerby on Saturday, was about 18,600 gallons, or 400 barrels.

    That estimate comes just days after TransCanada initially claimed the spill totaled about 187 gallons, or approximately 4.5 barrels.


    Advertisment

    “The fact that the damage is even bigger than first reported proves: there is no such thing as a safe pipeline,” Lindsay Meiman, communications coordinator for the climate group 350.org, told Common Dreams.The only safe place for fossil fuels is in the ground.”

    Even at 187 gallons, the spill was already the largest since construction on the pipeline began in 2009, according to the Argus Leader. The new numbers make it one of the biggest leaks in South Dakota history.

    Dallas Goldtooth, a Keystone opposition organizer with the Indigenous Environmental Network, told the Argus Leader on Thursday that the estimate should serve as a warning against new pipeline construction elsewhere and as an example of TransCanada’s reckless legacy.

    “This highlights the need for us to [not only] hold TransCanada accountable for their actions, but to use this as an example of the legitimate concerns that people have with future pipelines like Dakota Access,” Goldtooth said, referring to a proposed pipeline that would transport crude oil across four Midwestern states.

    TransCanada also said on Thursday it has yet to “pinpoint” the source of the leak.

    Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club, said in a statement earlier this week that this “disaster is a stark reminder that it’s not a question if a pipeline will malfunction, but rather a question of when.”

    Be Sociable, Share!

      Stories published in our Hot Topics section are chosen based on the interest of our readers. They are republished from a number of sources, and are not produced by MintPress News. The views expressed in these articles are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect Mint Press News editorial policy.

       

      Print This Story Print This Story
      You Might Also Like  
      ___________________________________________
      This entry was posted in Daily Digest, Health & Lifestyle, National and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.
      • Jamie Sorensen

        The leak was LESS than half a rail tanker car. The media never covered it because it was relatively miniscule compared to the amount of oil spilled in Ocean tanker and rail car accidents. The newer pipelines are constructed better, have more pumping/monitoring stations, and better environmental protection systems. Pipelines are still the safest way to transport oil…PERIOD!

        • Marshabblount4

          “my room mate Lori Is getting paid on the internet 98$/hr”…..!cn603ctwo days ago grey MacLaren P1 I bought after earning 18,512 DoIIars..it was my previous month’s payout..just a little over.17k DoIIars Last month..3-5 hours job a day…with weekly payouts..it’s realy the simplest. job I have ever Do.. I Joined This 7 months. ago. and now making over. hourly 87 DoIIars…Learn. More right Here !cn603n:➽:➽:➽➽➽➽ http://GlobalSuperJobsReportsEmploymentsChartGetPayHourly$98…. .❖❖:❦❦:❖❖:❦❦:❖❖:❦❦:❖❖:❦❦:❖❖:❦❦:❖❖:❦❦:❖❖:❦❦:❖❖:❦❦:❖❖:❦❦:❖❖:❦❦:❖❖:❦❦::::::!cn603n….,.

        • Austineiro

          It was only enough to cover a football field, but heck, it was just a little MORE (not less, learn some math) than a half a rail tanker, so who cares, right? Can’t tell if this dude is a fool or a shill, but what’s the diff.

      • Pingback: Offshore Tax Evasion the Panama Papers and Exposing the Underground Dark Economy: – Akilluminati()