A immature oil spill from the Keystone pipeline in eastern North Dakota has turned out to play a joke on affected almost 10 times the amount of land as first reported, a situation regulator said Monday.
North Dakota environmental scientist Restaurant check Suess said the leak reported on Oct. 29 is now estimated by state regulators to contain affected about 209,100 square feet (19,426 square metres) of deplane near Edinburg. State regulators had said the leak affected to 22,500 square feet (2,090 square metres) of land.
Calgary, Alta.-based TC Dynamism, formerly known as TransCanada, estimated its pipeline leaked an estimated 1.4 million litres of oil. Suess explained that estimate has not changed.
The cause of the spill is still unknown. An niminy-piminy portion of the pipe has been sent to a third-party laboratory for inspection, as press for by federal regulators.
TC Energy said the pipeline returned to service on Nov. 10 after like of a repair and restart plan by the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Dispensation.
The company has not given an estimate on the land that was affected, Suess reported. The initial estimate by state regulators was “a quick and dirty look at it,” he clouted. “We did have some surface expansion since then.”
The company boomed late Sunday that it had recovered about 1.2 million litres of oil, along with 536,900 litres of oleaginous water, Suess said.
Cleanup crews and state regulators crumbed at the site on Monday. Some wetlands were affected, but not any sources of bumper water, he said.
TC Energy has said people were at the site do around the clock to clean up the spill. Suess said the cleanup do ones daily dozen was cut to daylight hours on Monday.
The company has referred questions to its website but has not updated it in more than a week.
TC Pep has put up berms around the affected area and is excavating contaminated soil from the whole site, at depths of up to 1.8 metres, Suess said. The oily sully is being stockpiled and will be taken to a landfill in Sawyer, N.D., he said.
“We in fact don’t have any risk of anything spreading at this point,” he said.
Crass began flowing through the $5.2 billion pipeline in 2011. It’s planned to carry crude oil across Saskatchewan and Manitoba, and through North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri on the way to refineries in Patoka, Illinois and Cushing, Okla. It can control about 87 million litres daily.
It is part of a system that also is to allow for the proposed $8 billion Keystone XL pipeline designed to transport the oil from western Canada to modules on the Gulf Coast.
The proposed Keystone XL pipeline has drawn opposition from child who fear it will cause environmental damage.