Last week, the Keystone Pipeline spilled about 380,000 gallons of oil over a wetland area in Edinburg, North Dakota. The Keystone Pipeline is a long system of pipes that runs through Canada and the U.S.A. to transport oil. It is owned by the company TC Energy. The spill was a bit less that the size of a football field.
North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum says that no drinking water has been affected by the spill and that he has told the oil company to check its pipes for safety. He also said the company that runs the pipeline has promised to clean up the spill as quickly as it can. Roads around the area were blocked to traffic as clean-up efforts started.
The Keystone Pipeline runs from Canada to the Midwestern U.S. and has been transporting crude oil from Canadian provinces Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Every day, nearly 23 million gallons travel from Canada to America.
“The safety of the public and environment are our top priorities,” TC Energy said. The company added that is is also chgecking air quality, wildlife, and water in the area. So far, there are no reports of injuries to animals.