TC Energy shuts down Keystone 1 Pipeline after major leak

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Half-mile leak was found just north of Edinburg, North Dakota

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Indigenous Environmental Network

TC Energy (Formerly TransCanada) announced their Keystone 1 pipeline has been shut down after a half-mile leak was found just north of Edinburg, North Dakota. This leak comes the day after water protectors disrupted a hearing about the Keystone XL pipeline in Billings, M.T.

This is not the first time TC Energy’s Keystone 1 pipeline has sprung a major leak. 2018 the same pipeline spilled 407,400 gallons of toxic dirty tar sands oil into farmland in South Dakota. 

Indigenous communities and landowners have been outspoken opponents of the dirty tar sands Keystone XL extension project because of the disastrous effects on the environment and yesterday’s leak merely vindicates their concerns. 

"The Keystone I pipeline had 12 spills in it’s first year which is more than any other pipeline in U.S. history and in the ultimate twist of irony, probably at the same time I was telling a reporter at the one and only public hearing in Billings on the KXL that it wasn't a matter of if but when there was going to be a spill, it happened again,” said Kandi Mossett-White, Indigenous Environmental Network Native Energy and Climate Campaign Director. “This is the reason we are pushing for a Just Transition away from the fossil fuel industry." 

TC Energy doesn’t know how much oil has leaked into the farmlands that surround the pipeline but estimate a strip of over 1500 feet of contained soil shows a significant spill.   

“This is the third leak in three years on the Keystone 1 pipeline and the second we know that has reached water. It's been reported that this latest spill has reached wetland area threatening birds and wildlife in the area. This is exactly the kind of spill we are worried about when it comes to Keystone XL being built. It has never been if’ a pipeline breaks but rather when. TC Energy has known for years that their pipe is compromised but has done little to rectify the situation. Coming back from the one and only public hearing by the US State Department regarding KXL where it seemed more like an industry showcase rather than public comment hearing. Tribes were not formally greeted nor was nation to nation consultation implemented. The hearing was designed to hinder negative comments for this zombie pipeline being set hundreds of miles from impacted communities and tribal nations. “Joye Braun, Indigenous Environmental Network Frontline Community Organizer, said. “However, we stand firm in opposing this project as the latest spill is further evidence of just how dangerous pipelines are."

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The People of all Nations have been pacified for hundreds of years now with wishing to save Mother Earth. Pacified by other people who took your land. That land taken from another Nation who were there first. So it goes through out man's existence on earth. Fossil fuels will continue to be a major force in our existence until the supply has all been drained, pumped to keep our lights on. Regardless of the "Green New Deal", or any other scam played on us, we, World Wide, depend on that oil to keep our civilization running. Environmental contamination is a side line to those who control the power. If a spill can be reasonably cleaned up, it will be. If it can't be cleaned up it will be covered up. Such is the concern of those who control the power. So, following how many "Treaties" have been signed, 400-500, and you still believe what you are told? My suggestion and advice, get all you can from those who control the power. That's been the manner since the first treaty was signed.


One more time a Corp. Pollutes and will walk away with their profits and not do the right thing by cleaning up thier mess. And let the Native peoples deal with what they leave behind. All in the name of profit for rich shareholders.

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