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Calgary, Nov 18 (Canadian-Media): Almost 10 times the amount of land as first reported have been affected by a crude oil spill from the Keystone pipeline in eastern North Dakota, media reports said.
State regulators have estimated the leak reported on Oct. 29 to have affected about 209,100 square feet (19,426 square meters) of land near Edinburg, North Dakota (N.D.) environmental scientist Bill Suess said.
About 1.2 million litres of oil, along with 536,900 litres of oily water have been recovered late Sunday, Suess said. Some wetlands were affected, but not any sources of drinking water, he said.
berms around the affected area have been put up by TC Energy and contaminated soil from the entire site is being excavated and the oily soil is being stockpiled to be taken to a landfill in Sawyer, N.D., he said.
"We really don't have any risk of anything spreading at this point," Suess said.
Crude began flowing through the $5.2 billion pipeline in 2011 designed to carry crude oil across Saskatchewan and Manitoba, and through N.D., S.D., Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri on the way to refineries in Patoka, Illinois and Cushing, Okla and also includes the proposed to transport the oil from western Canada to terminals on the Gulf Coast.
The proposed Keystone XL pipeline has been criticized and opposed by people who fear it will cause environmental damage.