Here's How Faulty Kansas Pipes Fractured During Keystone Oil Catastrophe

This worthwhile report serves as a scary reminder that one of the worst eco-disaster in Midwestern history might happen again . . . Check the tragic design flaw . . .

Investigators found gaps in TC Energy’s standards and controls for how it designs bends in the pipeline and how it judges whether to repair warped pipes.

“Other (similarly designed bends in the Keystone) may also be susceptible,” they wrote. That includes more than 100 pipe fittings installed in 2010 that “could have similar (welding) imperfections.”

The investigators also found lapses in construction oversight and pointed to ways the Canadian company underestimated key risks that paved the way for more than 500,000 gallons of tar sands crude oil to spill onto a hillside and into a stream in Washington County in north-central Kansas.

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How deciding not to fix a pipe in Kansas 10 years ago led to the Keystone pipeline's biggest spill

Independent investigators paint a very different picture from what oil company TC Energy has said publicly about events that led to the Keystone pipeline's biggest oil spill ever. Their report says, for instance, that the company dug up the section of pipe nearly a decade before it burst because it knew the pipe had warped.