Keystone leaks 383,000 gallons in North Dakota on the same day as Trump state department’s pipeline hearing

“The Keystone XL pipeline was a bad idea when it was proposed 11 years ago, and it remains a bad idea today.”

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The Keystone pipeline, that carries tar sands oil from Canada through seven states, leaked more than 383,000 gallons of oil according to North Dakota regulators. The company has promised the spill has been contained but the cause is still unknown. 

The leak was noticed on Tuesday and the pipeline has been shut down since, but its damage spread 1,500 feet long by 15 feet wide. State Environmental Quality Chief Dave Glatt stated some wetlands were affected but not any drinking water sources. 

According to Common Dreams, on the same day the pipeline began leaking the Trump State Department held its sole public hearing on an environmental analysis of the widely opposed Keystone XL project. The Trump administration has worked hard to approve and accelerate the project over the protests and legal challenges of indigenous rights organizations and green groups. Keystone XL would carry up to 830,000 barrels of tar sands oil per day from Alberta, Canada to Nebraska.

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