The shutdown of the Keystone pipeline carrying oil out of Canada to Cushing, Oklahoma as well as another line in Missouri was blamed for a large drop in Canadian crude oil prices.
Prices weakened over the shutdown of TransCanada Corp.’s Keystone pipeline from Hardisty, Alberta to Cushing which carries 590,000 barrels of oil a day. The segment connecting Steele City, Nebraska to Patoka, Illinois was also shut down as a possible leak in Missouri was under investigation.
About 43 barrels of crude spilled near the Mississippi River, Brian Quinn, spokesman for the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, said in an email. It appears to have originated from either the Keystone or Platte pipelines, as there is no visible release from any other pipes in the area. Excavation to expose the lines, which are buried about eight feet underground was underway.