TC Energy restarts part of the Keystone pipeline

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TC Énergie is restarting part of the Keystone pipeline

There are 300 people helping clean up the area where the Keystone pipeline leaked into a creek in Washington County, Kansas (file).

TC Energy summarizes operations on part of the Keystone Pipeline after the forced shutdown of the network last week. The segment from Hardisty, Alberta to refineries in Illinois is back in service.

The company said in a statement Wednesday that it has notified regulators and customers of the restart of sections of the pipeline not affected by the incident that resulted in a large oil spill in a rural Kansas last week.

The segment of the pipeline where 14,000 barrels of oil spilled remains sealed and no petroleum products are reaching the refineries in Texas.

This restart facilitates the safe transportation of energy that customers and [people in] North America depend on, TC Energy said in a statement release released Wednesday evening.

The line that carries 622,000 barrels per day has been closed since the leak was discovered on December 7. The oil spilled into surrounding fields and flowed into Mill Creek in Washington County, Kansas. More than 300 people are participating in the ongoing cleanup.

According to the U.S. Office Responsible for Pipeline Safety, TC Energy has not yet submitted a root cause analysis of the failure or a full pipeline restart plan.

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