29 Nov '11, 3pm

Evidence is mounting that transporting tar sands oil in pipelines is very dangerous business: @NRDC

A report on pipeline corrosion released by Alberta Innovates recently evaluated evidence of diluted bitumen’s corrosivity relative to conventional crude. The Alberta Innovates report noted that there is no peer reviewed research on this issue, identified gaps in safety data kept by regulators, and found that many of the corrosive properties of diluted bitumen are shared by certain blends of very heavy Canadian crudes. However, the report went one step too far when it assumed that corrosive properties diluted bitumen shares with certain very heavy Canadian crudes do not present increased risks to pipelines. Like diluted bitumen, the production and export in pipelines of large volumes of heavy Canadian crudes is a relatively recent development which has not been accompanied by adequate due diligence on the part of regulators and the industry. The fact that pipelines are movi...

Full article: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/aswift/alberta_innovate...

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