TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – The operator of a pipeline that spilled about 14,000 barrels of heavy crude oil into a northeastern Kansas creek says it has permission from U.S. government regulators to reopen the repaired segment where the rupture occurred.

Canada-based TC Energy did not say exactly when it would reopen the section of its Keystone pipeline system from Steele City near the Nebraska-Kansas line to Cushing in northern Oklahoma.

The company said it will have crews working through the Christmas holiday, including conducting rigorous testing and inspections.

The Dec. 7 spill dumped the crude into a creek in Washington County, about 150 miles northwest of Kansas City.