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Keystone pipeline oil to flow to U.S. again Tuesday

Staff Writer |
Crude oil will start flowing again through the Keystone XL pipeline Tuesday after it was shut down earlier this month due to a 210,000-gallon spill in South Dakota.

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TransCanada Corporation said Monday in a release that the repair and restart plans “have been reviewed by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) with no objections, permitting a safe and controlled return to service of the Keystone System.”

But TransCanada said that as a precaution, the restart would be at reduced pressure “to ensure a safe and gradual increase in the volume of crude oil moving through the system”.

The pipeline, which carries crude oil from the Alberta Oil Sands in Canada to Houston, Texas, normally handles 590,000 barrels per day.

The spill, which occurred November 16, was the largest in South Dakota’s history.

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