US agency allows restart of Canadian oil pipeline

June 4, 2011 - 9:45 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — 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 under a revised order from the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. The agency approved the revision on Saturday.

The pipeline 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 pipeline is owned by Calgary-based TransCanada Corp.