Keystone XL spills 350,000 gallons of oil

The controversial KeystoneXL pipeline has spilled hundreds of thousands of gallons of crude oil into North Dakota this week.

The pipeline was stopped by President Barack Obama but allowing it to proceed was among the first actions taken when President Donald Trump took over.

The pipeline has leaked about 383,000 gallons of crude oil, harming an estimated half-acre of wetland, according to state environmental regulators in North Dakota.

Karl Rockeman, the director of the North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality’s division of water quality, said the leak was now contained. 

“It is one of the larger spills in the state,” Rockeman told the New York Times.

The Keystone project was vigorously opposed by environmental groups and activists, from New Jersey progressive Lisa McCormick to actress Shailene Woodley, who was arrested during a 2016 protest at the pipeline.

The system delivers dirty crude oil from Canada to refineries in the United States.

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