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"Small anomaly" shuts down existing leg of Keystone pipeline


TransCanada Corp. has shut down its Keystone oil pipeline after it detected a "small anomaly" on the outside of the pipe.

Company spokesman Grady Semmens says the line, which delivers oilsands crude to refineries in Illinois and a storage hub in Oklahoma, has been shut as a precaution.

He says no leaks have been detected on the system, which is expected to be offline for three days while the company goes in for a closer look at the pipe.

Jeannie Layson, spokeswoman for the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, says the possible safety issues were found on part of the pipeline that extends between Missouri and Illinois. Layson said in an email to The Associated Press that an agency inspector has been sent to review the test results, observe repairs and follow any necessary safety activities.

TransCanada has a proposal called Keystone XL to expand the system and extend its reach to the U.S. Gulf Coast.

After a series of delays, the U.S. government is expected to make a decision on the controversial $7.6-billion expansion early next year.

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