Dakota Access Pipeline spilled oil 84
gallons of oil in South Dakota
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[May 11, 2017]
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Dakota
Access Pipeline leaked 84 gallons of crude oil at a pump station in
South Dakota last month, according to state documents, just weeks before
the pipeline is set to start commercial service.
The spill, the equivalent of two barrels of oil, occurred on April 4 in
Tulare township in Spink County, according to South Dakota's Department
of Environmental and Natural Resources.
The $3.8 billion project drew environmental protesters from around the
world after the Standing Rock Sioux tribe said the pipeline would
desecrate a sacred burial ground and that any oil leak would poison the
tribe's water supply.
Energy Transfer Partners, the company behind construction of the
pipeline, received approval from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in
early February after months of delays. It is currently line filling and
will be in service on June 1.
After the April 4 spill was reported, recovered oil was put back into
the system. Any gravel or soil that had oil was cleaned and disposed of,
said Brian Walsh, an environmental scientist with the agency.
The leak occurred some 100 miles (160 km) east of Lake Oahe, a part of
the Missouri River system that has been the focal point of the protests.
"This is what we have said all along: oil pipelines leak and spill,"
Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Dave Archambault II said in a statement on
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The Tribe is involved in a lawsuit challenging the project.
The 1,172-mile (1,885-km) Dakota Access line runs from western North
Dakota to Patoka, Illinois, where it will link up with another
pipeline to bring shale oil from North Dakota's Bakken play to the
An Energy Transfer Partners spokeswoman, Vicki Granado, said the
spill occurred during the pipeline's commissioning activities. She
added the spill occurred in a containment area, so there was no
impact on the wider area.
(Reporting by Catherine Ngai in New York; Additional reporting by
Liz Hampton in Houston; Editing by Steve Orlofsky and Matthew Lewis)
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