Diluted bitumen poses no special pipeline leak risks, NAS panel finds

07/08/2013
Oil sands crude does not pose an increased risk compared with other crude oils when transported via pipeline, said a committee of scientists reporting to the US Department of Transportation. The National Research Council said scientists determined that moving diluted bitumen (dilbit) through pipelines poses no special leak risks. It also found no evidence of physical or chemical properties in dilbit that are outside the range of other crude oils, or any other aspect of its transportation by pipeline that would make diluted bitumen more likely than other crudes to cause releases, said NRC, which is part of the National Academies of Science. American Petroleum Institute Pipeline Director Pe...
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