03 Apr '13, 2pm

Top 5 Things You Should Know About Transporting Tar Sands Crude

On March 29, Exxon’s Pegasus tar sands pipeline ruptured, flooding a suburban community outside of Little Rock, Arkansas with between 150,000 and 210,000 gallons (3,500 to 5,000 barrels) of tar sands crude. According to reports, the Pegasus line was carrying Wabasca Heavy diluted bitumen – a toxic mix of heavy tar sands bitumen and volatile petrochemical diluents. Following the incident, Rep. Ed Markey observed : “This latest pipeline incident is a troubling reminder that oil companies still have not proven that they can safely transport Canadian tar sands oil across the United States without creating risks to our citizens and our environment.” We have the top five reasons why that’s the case. 1) The transport of increasing volumes tar sands on the U.S. pipeline system is a recent development. Thick tar sands diluted bitumen substantially differs from the lighter conventio...

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