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Section of TransCanada Pipeline Restarts After Safety Concerns

October 22nd, 2012

According to recent reports, the Canadian company TransCanada has reaffirmed its plan to restart the Keystone oil pipeline through the Midwest. However, sources say that bad weather is slowing down work on the project. Reportedly, TransCanada shut down the 2,100-mile pipeline after tests showed possible safety issues. TransCanada representative Shawn Howard has said that no leaks have been detected but declined to provide any addition information until the pipeline is inspected.

Sources say the pipeline carries about 590,000 barrels of crude per day from Canada to facilities in the Midwest. Reportedly, the potential problems were detected in a section of the line between Missouri and Illinois. Further, sources say that heavy rain was hindering efforts to move equipment into the area so the pipeline could be excavated and inspected.

According to the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration, an inspector has been dispatched to review test results, observe repairs and monitor any additional necessary safety issues. Sources say the shutdown comes amid delays over TransCanada's plans to build a $7 billion pipeline called the Keystone XL that would transport heavy tar-sands crude oil from Canada to Texas' Gulf Coast refineries. Opponents warn the new pipeline would be carrying heavy, acidic crude oil that could more easily corrode a metal pipe and lead to a spill. TransCanada says its pipeline would be the safest ever built.

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