TC Energy Corp. on Dec. 14 restarted the Keystone pipeline section that extends from Hardisty, Alta. to Wood River/Patoka, Ill. amidst continued response and recovery following a 14,000-bbl crude oil spill from the pipeline in Washington County, Kan. (OGJ Online, Dec. 8, 2022).
The affected segment of the Keystone pipeline system remains safely isolated and will not be restarted until it is safe to do so and after gaining regulatory approval from PHMSA, the company said in an update Dec. 15.
Some 3,035 bbl of oil has been recovered from the creek (5,567 bbl of oil and water) as of 5:00 pm CST Dec. 14 and the area around the impacted segment of the pipeline has been excavated, a milestone in the repair and investigation process, the company said.
The 1,230-km Keystone system carries crude oil from Hardisty, Alta., to refiners in the US Midwest and Gulf Coast. It splits at Steele City, Neb., with one branch running east through Kansas and Missouri to delivery points at Wood River and Patoka, Ill., and the other south to delivery points at Cushing, Okla., and Houston and Port Arthur, Tex.