Keystone Pipeline Spills Unknown Amount of Oil in Kansas


Morgan Caplan,  

Topeka, KS – It has been reported that TC Energy’s (formerly TransCanada) Keystone pipeline has sprung yet another leak, this time in Washington, Kansas. The size of the spill is still unknown. But oil has spilled into a Kansas creek. This is not the first spill from the Keystone 1 pipeline, which has a history of spills. In fact, this is the pipeline’s 22nd spill, a dozen of which happened in its first year of operation alone and in 2017 one of these spills dumped more than 400,000 gallons of oil into farmland in South Dakota. Keystone shut down the pipeline last night and crews are currently working to clean up this latest spill. 

In response, Sierra Club Beyond Dirty Fuels Director Catherine Collentine released the following statement:

“Yet again, we are faced with a toxic tar sands spill from the Keystone pipeline and while the damages from this latest spill are still unknown, it will have an impact on this water source and surrounding areas. This is not the first time this pipeline has spilled and unfortunately we know all too well that it won’t be the last. We’ve always said it’s not a question of whether a pipeline will spill, but when, and once again TC Energy has made our case for us. There is no such thing as a safe tar sands pipeline and this is another disaster that continues to prove we must put our climate and our communities first.”

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