Keystone pipeline leak cleanup presents major challenge

In this photo taken by a drone, cleanup continues in the area where the ruptured Keystone pipeline dumped oil into a creek in Washington County, Kan., Friday, Dec. 9, 2022.


The recent leak of 14,000 barrels of crude oil from the Keystone pipeline in northern Kansas wasn’t your ordinary oil pipeline leak—if there can be such a thing.

This spill involved tar sands oil from Canada and because of that, the cleanup will be more than difficult than spills of your typical crude oil pumped out of the ground in Oklahoma, Texas or other oil-producing states.

The Topeka Capitol-Journal reported as each day passes, the cleanup becomes nearly impossible.

Remember, this is the line that carries oil from Canada south to the Cushing hub in Oklahoma, where it is eventually transported to the Gulf Coast refineries.

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