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TC Energy Pipeline reopened; Iowan's remember Dec. 15, 2021 derecho

Derecho, December 15, 2021
The National Weather Service
Derecho, December 15, 2021

The operator of a pipeline with the largest onshore crude oil spill in nine years has reopened all of it except for the stretch in Kansas and northern Oklahoma that includes the site of the rupture, according to Radio Iowa.

Canada-based T.C. Energy said in a statement that its Keystone system has restarted operations from Canada to southern Nebraska and from there to south-central Illinois. It also is operating the pipeline from northern Oklahoma to the Gulf Coast.

The December 7 spill forced the company to shut down the Keystone system and dumped about 14,000 barrels of heavy crude oil into a northeastern Kansas creek running through rural pastureland in Washington County. That is about150 miles northwest of Kansas City. Each barrel is 42 gallons, the size of a household bathtub.

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig today encouraged Iowa farmers and producers to participate in the 2022 Census of Agriculture, which is underway across the nation through Feb. 6, 2023.

The Census of Agriculture, which is conducted every five years by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), is the nation’s most comprehensive count of America’s farms and ranches, the people who operate them, and the crops and livestock they raise.

Today marks one year since an extremely rare and very powerful December derecho swept across Iowa, killing one person and causing widespread destruction.

Forty-nine of Iowa’s 99 counties were declared disaster areas.

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