It appears that wet weather has delayed TransCanada’s plan to dig up more sections of its leaky Keystone pipeline southeast of Menno. But what’s that sitting on the pipeline route south of 290th Street?
That’s no model rocket launch pad sitting just south of that TransCanada sign…
…that’s a marker with “HOLE” spray-painted on it. The yellow flags appear to mark the Keystone pipeline route.
This marker, apparently Lee Herrboldt’s land southeast of Menno, may not be the only place in South Dakota where TransCanada will be digging. The Lincoln Journal Star reports that TransCanada plans to dig up and replace chunks of the Keystone pipeline all this year and into next because the steel they laid can’t handle full pressure:
TransCanada Corp. plans to dig up and replace sections of its Keystone pipeline found to not meet federal strength standards so the company can begin pumping oil at higher pressure.
Work, slated to begin this month and extend through 2017, will happen in Nebraska, South Dakota, Kansas, Illinois and Missouri [Nicholas Bergin, “TransCanada to Replace Sections of Keystone,” Lincoln Journal Star, 2016.05.15].
Plains Justice reported back in June 2010 that TransCanada ordered 47% of the steel for Keystone from Welspun, the Indian company that provided lots of defective steel for other pipelines. TransCanada has had to dig up other sections of the Keystone pipeline in South Dakota as well as pieces of the XL pipe laid in Texas. The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration found alarming levels of corrosion in Keystone after just two years of operation. The feds also found that more than half of TransCanada’s welds on that Oklahoma-Texas pipe needed repair.
Due to TransCanada’s sloppy work, landowners who thought the pipeline would be a one-time inconvenience are now seeing their land torn up by TransCanada contractors again, just seven years after the pipe was laid.