A pipeline operator has put a damaged section in Kansas back into service, a little more than three weeks after a spill dumped 14,000 barrels of crude oil into a creek.
Largest onshore crude pipeline spill in nine years in rural Kansas creek raises questions about operation of Keystone pipeline by Canada company TC Energy.
People could smell the oil in the nearby town, witnesses reported. "It was like driving by a refinery," said one.
The 1,200-mile oil pipeline is one of several Trump environmental policies that President Joe Biden is expected to reverse.
The move could be the first of many major environmental policies meant to combat climate change.
"There’s just no getting around the fact that Keystone XL would devastate communities, wildlife, and clean drinking water,” one group said.
Top U.S. House Democrats said the spills raise “serious questions” about TC Energy's management of the line.
The controversial pipeline has had issues in the past, including a spill in 2011 of more than 14,000 gallons.
Gov. Kristi Noem (R) recently signed a package of laws to crack down on anti-pipeline demonstrations — a move the tribe says infringes on free speech.
Environmentalists blast Trump for "contempt" for law and the planet.