Kansas protesters call for more transparency around Keystone pipeline spill

Loren Drummond, reverend at Lyndon United Methodist Church, holds a sign reading “Water is life” during a vigil Feb. 6, 2023, at the Statehouse in Topeka


Environmentalists and faith leaders in Kansas contend TC Energy has not been transparent about its Keystone pipeline spill in December that dumped 55,000 barrels of oil into a creek.

They held a vigil this week at the state capitol in Topeka to call attention to their charges before state legislators reported the Kansas Reflector.

“Not too many people know that this is the 23rd spill for the Keystone pipeline,” said Zack Pistora, state lobbyist for the Sierra Club in Kansas. “And it was actually bigger than all the other previous spills combined.”

The Keystone eventually carries oil to the Cushing hub in Oklahoma and onto refineries in south Texas.

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