Reuters news service reports that there was an emergency shutdown of TC Energy’s Keystone 1 pipeline around 8:00 pm Wednesday evening following alarms and a pressure drop in the system according to a company news release. The leak was found in northern Kansas or about 20 miles south of Steele City, NE. No official information was given on the amount of oil that was released but TC Energy says their crews are actively responding and working to recover the oil.
Bold Nebraska Founder Jane Kleeb says Nebraska and counties need better laws on the books for pipelines. She notes that Bold Nebraska has documented at least 22 spills on TC Energy’s original Keystone 1 pipeline since 2010.
TC Energy statement:
We have shut down the Keystone Pipeline System and mobilized people and equipment in response to a confirmed release of oil into a creek in Washington County, Kan., approximately 20 miles (32 kilometres) south of Steele City, Neb.
Pursuant to our incident protocols, an emergency shutdown and response was initiated at approximately 8 p.m. CT, on Dec. 7, 2022, after alarms and a detected pressure drop in the system. The affected segment has been isolated, and booms deployed to control downstream migration of the release. The system remains shutdown as our crews actively respond and work to contain and recover the oil.
We are proceeding to make appropriate notifications, including to our customers and regulators and will work cooperatively with third parties to effectively respond to this incident.
Our primary focus right now is the health and safety of onsite staff and personnel, the surrounding community, and mitigating risk to the environment through the deployment of booms downstream as we work to contain and prevent further migration of the release.
We will provide more information as soon as it becomes available.