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Mon Apr 1, 2013, 08:15 AM

35. This spill was Canadian tar sands crude, nearly impossible to clean up.

http://insideclimatenews.org/news/20130330/exxon-confirms-ruptured-pipeline-ark-carried-canadian-dilbit
The 20-inch Pegasus pipeline runs 858 miles from Patoka, Ill. to Nederland, Texas. Engelmann said the line was carrying Wabasca Heavy crude from western Canada when it ruptured.

Wabasca Heavy is a type of diluted bitumen, or dilbit, from Alberta's tar sands region, according to the Canadian Crude Quality Monitoring Program, an industry source that provides data on different types of Canadian oil.

Because dilbit contains bitumen—a type of crude oil that's heavier (50 to 70 times heavier!)than most conventional crude oil—it can be harder to clean up when it spills into water. A 2010 spill in Michigan, which released a million gallons of dilbit in the Kalamazoo River and has cost pipeline operator Enbridge more than $820 million, continues to challenge scientists and regulators as they work on removing submerged oil from the riverbed.


A 2010 spill in Kalamazoo, MI, has STILL not been cleaned up, despite monumental efforts. This link is to a report one year after (2011), and explains why tar sands oil is so much more difficult, in part impossible, to clean up. These folks in Arkansas can kiss that street goodbye. No home insurer or mortgage broker will touch those properties.
http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/aswift/kalamazoo_one_year_later_anato.html#.UVig9qx8gjo.facebook

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