03 Jun '11, 11pm

Green: U.S. Orders Transcanada to Shut Pipeline

After a series of spills, the United States Department of Transportation has ordered the TransCanada Corporation to suspend operation of its one-year-old Keystone 1 pipeline, which carries oil extracted from oil sands in the Canadian province of Alberta to the United States. The order was issued by the department’s Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. “Effective immediately, this order prevents TransCanada from restarting operations on their Keystone crude oil pipeline until P.H.M.S.A. is satisfied with the ongoing repairs and is confident that all immediate safety concerns have been addressed,” the agency said. It issued the order in response to two incidents in May involving oil leaks from small-diameter pump-station pipe fittings. TransCanada’s Keystone 1 is under particular scrutiny because the company has applied to build and operate a much larger ...

Full article: http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/06/03/u-s-orders-tran...

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