Major U.S. oil pipeline closed

CALGARY, Alberta, May 10 (UPI) -- Canadian pipeline company TransCanada said a section of its Keystone oil pipeline would remain out of service for several days following a weekend oil leak.

A small nipple failed at a pumping station along the pipeline in North Dakota during the weekend. The company said about 280 barrels of oil was recovered from the area of the spill.


Workers kept the pipeline closed while inspectors examined similar fittings along the pipeline.

"Operations will not resume until the company inspects all similar fittings along the pipeline route," Terry Cunha, a spokesman for TransCanada, told Bloomberg News.

U.S. regulators said the company didn't need approval to restart the oil pipeline. TransCanada said the spill was contained to the site, adding there weren't any problems on the physical pipeline.

TransCanada in February started shipping crude oil through a section of the Keystone pipeline. It runs from Nebraska to storage tanks in Oklahoma.

The portion of the Keystone pipeline carries around 590,000 barrels of oil per day.

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