11 May '11, 1am

What the 21,000 gallon Keystone spill tells us about the safety of tar sands diluted bitumen pipelines

Over the last year we’ve had many recent indications of the risks of tar sands diluted bitumen pipelines – an 840,000 gallon spill in Michigan, a 250,000 gallon spill outside Chicago, a 1.3 million gallon spill in Alberta, as well as our recent report examining the safety of tar sands pipelines . On May 7 , the Keystone tar sands pipeline provided yet another warning when it spilled approximately 21,000 gallons of crude in North Dakota. This is its eleventh and most significant spill. Considering that Keystone has been in operation for less than a year and it was predicted to spill no more than once every seven years , this is yet another troubling indicator that U.S. safety regulations intended for pipelines moving conventional oil may not be sufficient for pipelines moving diluted bitumen. And the Keystone pipeline is not going to get any stronger or safer than it is now...

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

Tweets

TransCanada Pipeline Spills 21,000 Gallons of O...

treehugger.com 09 May '11, 8pm

TransCanada has said its Keystone I pipeline spilled 500 barrels (21,000 gallons) of oil in North Dakota on Saturday morni...

$3.94 A Gallon -- Where Is All the Money Going? #oil #gas

$3.94 A Gallon -- Where Is All the Money Going?...

treehugger.com 13 May '11, 2pm

As gas prices climb, do you think at all about where the money goes? There's some talk in Washington right now about what'...