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The Keystone pipeline of TransCanada Corp. leaked approximately 210,000 gallons of oil on agricultural land in northeastern South Dakota, the company and state regulators said on Thursday. (November 18th)
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A spill from TransCanada Corp's Keystone pipeline, shown on November 17, 2017, leaked approximately 210,000 gallons of oil in a field in northeast Dakota. South but did not reach water. [19659008] (Photo: AP)

Nearly two weeks after crews shut a large pipeline in northeastern South Dakota, oil shipments will resume on Tuesday.

The federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration reviewed and approved the repair that the workers of the owner of the TransCanada pipeline, clearing the company to bring the line back into service, according to a TransCanada press release.

The company will operate pipeli "in order to ensure a safe and gradual increase in the volume of crude oil moving through the system," the officials said.

Officials in South Dakota do not believe that the leak has contaminated bodies of surface water or drinking water systems.

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The 2,147-mile Keystone pipeline leaked more than 210,000 gallons of oil on November 16, forcing closure. More than 44,000 gallons of oil had been recovered until Sunday, the company said.

TransCanada officials revealed the leakage of the pipeline buried on November 16 on agricultural land in Marshall County, S.D. On Monday they thanked the landowner who gave him access to the land for cleaning and repairs.

It was the second spill in South Dakota for the pipeline, which is less than a decade old.

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The first took place near Freeman, South Dakota, in April 2016, spilling more than 17,000 gallons. A third incident in North Dakota spilled a similar amount.

The leak occurred when regulators in Nebraska debated the approval of the KeystoneXL pipeline, a different project and once closed it was restarted when President Trump issued a long-delayed permit.

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