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Deep Freeze Disrupts Crude Flows in Oil Sands and Bakken

  • Keystone pipeline shut, with cold slowing shipments, upkeep
  • Bakken production has started to succumb to low temperatures
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A deep-freeze in Canada and Northern U.S. is disrupting oil flows, causing a surge in crude prices just as American stockpiles are declining. 

With temperatures from North Dakota to Northern Alberta below zero Fahrenheit (-18 Celsius), TC Energy Corp.’s Keystone pipeline was shut on Tuesday before resuming later the next day. In North Dakota’s Bakken shale, production has started to succumb to the freeze, sending local crude prices to their highest since November. Canadian oil has also jumped.