The oil spill in South Dakota this week will not affect the Keystone pipeline, according to Secretary of State Kim Wyman, who said Thursday that the spill occurred after an explosion.
The company that owns the pipeline, Energy Transfer Partners, has already begun repairs.
The pipeline has been operating under a temporary permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for more than six years.
But the spill, which occurred Wednesday night in the small town of Green Bay, Wis., and was reported by the local newspaper, the Green Bay Press-Gazette, on Thursday morning, raised questions about whether the pipeline could be reopened in the event of a spill.
The Associated Press reported that Wyman said Wednesday that “no, I am not going to reopen the pipeline.”
The agency said the company must notify it within 48 hours of any spills and has agreed to a “review of its compliance” with safety requirements, including a new safety program that would allow the company to begin operating the pipeline again.
Wyman also said that the pipeline is expected to reopen “within a couple of days.”
She added that “the pipeline was in compliance for a while” and that “any changes to its operation would be in compliance with the permit.”
The AP reported that the Green Lake Dam spill happened shortly after 7 p.m.
ET Wednesday, but the agency did not say exactly when the pipeline was shut down.
According to a report by The Associated Post, an explosion occurred in a crude oil storage tank in Green Bay on Thursday, causing a burst pipe.
The explosion was “not a spill but a rupture,” the AP reported.
It was not immediately clear if the rupture was caused by the spill or an accident.
The AP also reported that a spill in January 2016 caused a major environmental crisis for Wisconsin, where the pipeline runs under the Green River.
That pipeline burst into flames and spewed oil that was later sent to neighboring Minnesota.