Debunking the Myths about Diluted Bitumen

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Debunking the Myths about Diluted Bitumen

New study by the National Academy of Sciences confirms oil sands crudes are no more hazardous to transport than other oil grades
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New NAS study debunks persistent myths about diluted bitumen in pipelines, see @TransCanada's blog: http://bit.ly/19FPfXz

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Crude oil well understood: Crude oil is tested at TransCanada’s Keystone Hardisty Terminal to ensure it meets strict specifications before entering the Keystone pipeline system for transport to the United States.

Thursday, June 27, 2013 - 2:00pm

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This week, the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) added to the growing body of research dispelling the unsubstantiated claims that diluted bitumen is more corrosive or more risky to transport than any other type of crude oil. The report was commissioned by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) of the U.S. Department of Transportation.

“The public has been bombarded with misinformation about the oil that will go through the Keystone XL Pipeline, but this latest study by the highly credible National Academy of Sciences has confirmed that oil is oil and the pipelines we build will safely move different blends — as we have been doing for decades,” says Vern Meier, TransCanada’s vice-president, pipeline safety and compliance.

TransCanada has always maintained  that diluted bitumen is and always has been safe to transport. The United States has been safely importing increasing amounts of diluted bitumen from Canada for more than 40 years. We are glad to see that the erroneous claims from certain groups can be put to rest and we can allow the science to speak for itself. Read more about the NAS stdy released this week on our blog.

Keywords: Energy | Crude Oil | Energy | Environment | Innovation & Technology | Keystone XL | Keystone pipeline | TransCanada Corporation | bitumen | diluted bitumen | oil sands

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