Pipeline Safety Trust survey

A TransCanada crew works on the investigation of an oil leak near Freeman.(Photo: TransCanada)

A TransCanada crew works on the investigation of an oil leak near Freeman, South Dakota. [Photo: TransCanada]

This week a leak in the Keystone pipeline spilled almost 17,000 gallons of crude oil in a pasture in Hutchinson County, South Dakota, causing TransCanada to shut down the pipeline.

Sioux Falls Argus Leader: Oil spill estimate jumps to almost 17K gallons

TransCanada has increased the estimated size of an oil spill near Freeman to a “potential volume” of 16,800 gallons, or 400 barrels.

The initial estimate offered on Saturday to the Coast Guard’s National Response Center after a passerby noticed a sheen of oil in the ditch south of Freeman was 187 gallons, or approximately 4.5 barrels.

TransCanada spokesman Mark Cooper issued a news release Thursday saying the company still has about 100 workers on the site working around the clock to pinpoint the source of the leak in the pipeline, which was shut down upon the spill’s discovery …

Last month the Obama administration’s Department of Transportation proposed new pipelines regulations that would strengthen safety rules for the nation’s 300,000-mile network of natural gas transmission pipelines in response to several pipeline leaks that resulted in disastrous explosions causing numerous casualties and property losses. The Department of Transportation wants to expand inspection and repair rules to include lines in some rural areas and recently-installed lines in expanding gas drilling fields.

Gas line explosions lead to proposal for increased regulation

Are you concerned about pipeline safety?

Express your concerns in the Pipeline Safety Trust survey.

Pipeline safety trustA message from the Pipeline Safety Trust:

The Pipeline Safety Trust is the only non-profit organization in North America that focuses on improving pipeline safety from a public interest point of view. We were born out of a criminal settlement of a pipeline disaster in Bellingham, Washington, where a pipeline killed three children playing in a park.

Learn more about Pipeline Safety Trust

Because of all the turmoil in both the United States and Canada right now over the failure of existing pipelines, proposals to build new pipelines, and associated issues such as climate change and fracking, the industry and regulators are both struggling to understand the apparent loss of trust in pipeline safety, and have slowly come to recognize the need for greater transparency of accurate information. Regulators and industry groups in both the United States and Canada are working on indicators and have reached out to us to help them better understand what the public wants. We want to use this new openness to create meaningful indicators, based on easily accessible data, that represent what the public is interested in versus what the regulators and industry may want us to know.

Our first step in establishing the pipeline safety indicators is to get input from interested members of the public. We want to identify what basic information people are interested in knowing about when it comes to the safety of the large transmission pipelines in their communities.

We hope you will take a few minutes to complete this survey so we can help push for greater transparency of information regarding pipelines and provide that information in ways that are helpful to citizens that want to better understand pipelines and increase pipeline safety. The survey is completely anonymous unless you decide to provide contact info at the end of it.

Click here to take the Pipeline Safety Trust survey

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