September 2011, Vol. 238 No. 9

In The News

Corrosiveness Of Oil Sands Crude An Unproven Science

While recent oil spills has added to debate over the safety of shipping Canada’s oil sands crude through pipelines, there is little hard evidence that the oil is more corrosive than conventional crude, according to a report by Reuters which interviewed various scientists and regulators. Environmental groups, led by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), contend that the oil from the Alberta tar sands, when blended with light hydrocarbons to allow it to flow, corrodes the insides of long-haul pipelines because of its high acidity and mineral content. It is a key argument in their battle against TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline to Texas from Alberta, now bein

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