Keystone pipeline spill in Kansas declared cleaned up

FILE - 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., Dec. 9, 2022. TC Energy, the operator of the Keystone pipline system, has finished cleaning up a massive December 2022 oil spill, and the creek affected by it is flowing naturally again, the company and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2023. (DroneBase via AP, File)


Cleanup of the 13,000 barrel spill of the Keystone pipeline in northern Kansas has been declared to be officially cleaned up according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

It was December of last year when TC Energy’s pipeline leaked oil into Mill Creek in Washington County. This week, TC Energy and the EPA’s regional office announcedd the berms that were constructed around the creek had been removed and water was flowing again.

The leak temporarily interrupted the flow of oil to the Cushing hub in northern Oklahoma.

The Associated Press reported that the EPA indicated the Kansas environmental agency along with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will continue monitoring the site for the next five years, or “until it is determined that monitoring is no longer needed.”

The last of the spilled oil was recovered by May 2023.