The problem was a gasket in the above-ground pipeline. One must wonder how many gallons would have been spilled had the pipeline been buried? They reported that about half of the spilt oil migrated off the site so the contamination is not limited to just land owned by the Hiland Crude LLC. Isn’t this exactly the concern that many people have with the Keystone XL Pipeline, that will be exposing fresh water systems and farm lands and wildlife to the spill-over areas?
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