Note: The Nov 16, 2017 Keystone Pipeline oil spill is *not* the Keystone XL Pipeline (the XL is not complete yet).

The TransCanada Keystone pipeline spill of 210,000 gallons/5,000 barrels near Amherst, SD is *NOT* the Keystone XL pipeline that has been in the news so much this last year. The Keystone Xl is not completed yet. {Hat tip to JS for the heads up}

The spill reportedly occurred because of a loss of pressure around 6:00 AM CST Wednesday, Nov 16th. The South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources was not notified until 10:30 AM CST. 

So how much is 210,000 gallons/5,000 barrels?

  • It's about 500,000 times as big as a Beer Keg. (source: Measure of Things)
  • It's about five times as big as The Goodyear Blimp. (source: Measure of Things)
  • It is about equal to 5 days of all coffee drinks sold by Starbucks worldwide (source: Leo Qin). 

 

 

 

 

Read More:

TransCanada updates on the "Amherst Incident" https://www.transcanada.com/amherst-incident

http://www.cnn.com/2017/11/16/us/keystone-pipeline-leak/index.html

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/11/16/564705368/keystone-pipeline-oil-spill-reported-in-south-dakota

https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/11/keystone-oil-spill-south-dakota-spd/

 

 
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