Reverend Peyton warns us all to stay between the ditches, but William Connors of Show Low, Arizona, distracted by an electronic device while hauling contaminated soil from the Amherst incident, must not have been listening.
At the Aberdeen American News, Katherine Grandstrand reports in Semi tips, spills contaminated soil from oil leak site in Marshall County:
Charges are pending against an Arizona man after a semi filled with contaminated soil from the Keystone Pipeline leak site tipped and spilled Friday morning.
William Connors, 37, of Show Low, Ariz., was driving a 2002 Peterbilt semi north on Marshall County Road 11, also known as 415th Avenue, said Tony Mangan, spokesman for the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.
The semi tipped shortly after 9 a.m. It was 8 miles west and 5 miles south of Britton, Mangan said
According to the South Dakota Highway Patrol report, the driver was distracted by an electronic device, drifted onto the wrong side of the road, overcorrected and tipped, Mangan said. Connors was wearing his seat belt and was not injured, according to the report.
The crash is under investigation, Mangan said.
When the semi tipped, a half ton to a ton of contaminated soil spilled, Mangan said.
About 10 gallons of diesel fuel from the vehicle also spilled, said Brian Walsh, environmental scientist manager for the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources. The soil was contaminated with crude oil from a leak in the Keystone Pipeline.
Read the rest at the American. Meanwhile, Reuters reports in Canadian oil exports to U.S. dip in November: StatsCan data:
The 80,000 bpd drop in exports to Canada’s biggest customer came in the same month TransCanada Corp’s Keystone pipeline, which carries crude from Alberta’s oil sands to U.S. refineries, was shut down following a leak in rural South Dakota.
Keystone restarted in late November but the 590,000 bpd pipeline is still running with a 20 percent cut in pressure on the orders of U.S. regulators. . . .
Photo: The Amherst Incident spill.
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