On Thursday, another oil spill was reported on an aboveground pipeline operated by New Horizon Resources, more than 300 miles west of Edinburg. According to the state’s Department of Environmental Quality, about 84,400 gallons leaked into pastureland in McKenzie County, about 15 miles north of Alexander, near the Montana border.
Mr. Rockeman, the Department of Environmental Quality director, said the spill had been contained and no water was affected. The company was scraping up the spill at the site, he said, and the department would continue to monitor the investigation and remediation.
Efforts to reach the company were unsuccessful on Friday.
Tuesday’s leak occurred along a stretch of the existing Keystone pipeline system, not the 1,179-mile addition to that system known as the Keystone XL pipeline, he said. Keystone XL has been the subject of environmental protests for years. President Barack Obama denied it a permit in 2015, but just days after taking office, President Trump cleared a path for its operator, formerly known as TransCanada, to proceed.
This is the second major incident for the pipeline system in the last two years. In 2017, a spill coated a stretch of grassland in South Dakota with more than 407,000 gallons of leaked Canadian crude oil, which was nearly twice as much as originally estimated, according to the company. The pipeline also leaked about 16,000 gallons each in spills in 2011 in North Dakota and in 2016 in South Dakota.
The original Keystone pipeline system began operation in 2010 and carries crude oil from Alberta, Canada, south to Texas. The system contains 2,687 miles of pipeline.
According to The Billings Gazette, the event was “heated.”
“We weren’t even considered or given a hearing about this dangerous project,” State Senator Frank Smith, a Democrat, told the newspaper. “I had to drive almost five hours and 300 miles to be here today. I didn’t see why the department organized this meeting so far away and not in our community.”