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Spill Causes Shut Down for Keystone I

June 6, 2011

The federal government called for a shut down of the Keystone I pipeline, but how long the shut down would last was uncertain. The Omaha World-Herald reported that the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration suspended operation of the pipeline on Friday, until safety concerns could been further addressed. In its first year of operation the Keystone I has had 11 spills. Many people believed it would take sometime for TransCanada to properly address the safety issues for the pipeline, but that was not the case.

Terry Cunha, a company spokesman, said TransCanada has been working with federal officials throughout the week and submitted a plan Thursday to start pumping again.

The hope is to resume pumping “very soon,” he said, explaining that would mean within days.

While the Keystone I did not start pumping again on Thursday, the Huffington Post reported that it did resume on Saturday, June 4. The pipeline had been closed since May 29 following a 400 barrel spill in North Dakota.

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