TransCanada’s clean-up of its 5,000-barrel oil spill from the Keystone pipeline is going so well it can send everyone but its rent-a-cops home for Christmas and New Year’s. According to updates from Department of Environment and Natural Resources groundwater quality team leader Brian Walsh, TransCanada plans to stand down activity at the Marshall County spill site tomorrow (Friday, December 22). They’ll bring their excavators back on January 2 to clean up the remaining oil-contaminated soil.
As of noon Wednesday, TransCanada had moved 712 truckloads of oil-contaminated soil, or approximately 14,000 cubic yards. For comparison, if you had a typical city block (assume 16 blocks per mile) with no houses on it and scooped out all the dirt on that block to a depth of three feet, you’d have a bit more than 12,000 cubic yards of dirt.