Agency allows restart of Keystone pipeline after spill

06/04/2011 12:00 AM

06/04/2011 5:42 PM

WASHINGTON — U.S. regulators have allowed a Canadian company to restart its Keystone oil pipeline after completing repairs and safety tests.

Oil from the 1,300-mile pipeline that extends from Canada to Oklahoma and Illinois could begin flowing as soon as Sunday.

It has been closed since May 29, when workers reported a 10-barrel leak in Kansas. That followed a leak of 400 barrels of oil in North Dakota on May 7.

The U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration approved the restart today.

The pipeline is owned by Calgary-based TransCanada Corp.

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