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TransCanada restarts Keystone pipe after leak

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TransCanada Corp. has confirmed that its Keystone oil pipeline resumed pumping yesterday after a weeklong closure due to a leak discovered in South Dakota.

The Canadian company said it has completed necessary repairs. A leak caused a spill of about 400 bbls (or 16 800 gal.) near the company’s Freeman pump station in Hutchinson County.

The company said it would initially operate the pipeline at reduced pressure to make sure it is working normally, with aerial patrols and visual inspections of the leak site.

TransCanada said the US Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) approved the return to service plan for a controlled start on Saturday evening.

"As part of the return-to-service plan approved by PHMSA, TransCanada is operating the pipeline at reduced pressure," the company said in a statement.

Edited from various sources by Elizabeth Corner

Sources: Wall Street JournalReuters

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