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By Mayra Cuevas and Steve Almasy, CNN
Updated 1:05 AM EST, Fri November 17, 2017
Story highlights NEW: Nebraska officials will announce decision on #keystonexlpipeline #transcanadasays it is investigating the cause of the leak ( #CNN) A total of 210,000 gallons of oil leaked Thursday from the Keystone pipeline in #SouthDakota, the pipeline's operator, TransCanada, said.
Crews shut down the pipeline Thursday morning and officials are investigating the cause of the leak, which occurred about 3 miles southeast of the town of #Amherst, said Brian Walsh, a spokesman for the state's #DepartmentofEnvironmentandNaturalResources.
This is the largest #keystoneoilspillto date in South Dakota, Walsh said. The leak comes just days before #nebraskaofficials announce a decision on whether the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline, a sister project, can move forward.
In April 2016, there was a 400-barrel release -- or 16,800 gallons -- with the majority of the oil cleanup completed in two months, Walsh said.
About 5,000 barrels of oil spilled Thursday. [Me]: There's video/interactive content on CNN.com] "It is a below-ground pipeline but some oil has surfaced above ground to the grass," Walsh said. "It will be a few days until they can excavate and get in borings to see if there is #groundwatercontamination." There were no initial reports of the oil spill affecting waterways, #watersystemsor wildlife, he said.
TransCanada said it was working with state and federal agencies. "The safety of the public and environment are our top priorities and we will continue to provide updates as they become available," the company said.
The Keystone Pipeline system stretches more than 2,600 miles from Hardisty east into Manitoba and then down to Texas, according to TransCanada. The pipeline transports #crudeoilfrom Canada.
The proposed Keystone XL Pipeline, which would stretch from Hardisty down to Steele City, #Nebraska, would complete the entire proposed system by cutting through Montana and #SouthDakota.
The sections of pipeline affected stretch from Hardisty, Alberta, to Cushing,OK https://amp.cnn.com/cnn/2017/11/16/us/k