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.
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