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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Enbridge Resisting Final Clean-Up of Its Michigan Oil Spill

Enbridge Resisting Final Clean-Up of Its Michigan Oil Spill
By Lisa Song, InsideClimate News [1]
Jan 28, 2013
EPA demands some dredging of Kalamazoo River, but the Canadian company responsible for the million gallon spill is objecting. Clean-up is in its 3rd year.

Two and a half years after the costliest oil pipeline spill in U.S. history, the company responsible for the disaster is balking at digging up oil that still remains in Michigan's Kalamazoo River.
The cleanup has been long and difficult because the ruptured pipeline was carrying bitumen, a heavy oil from Canada's tar sands region. Bitumen is so thick that it can't flow through pipelines until it's mixed with liquid chemicals to form diluted bitumen [3], or dilbit. When more than one million gallons of dilbit poured out of the broken pipeline in July 2010, the chemicals evaporated and the bitumen began sinking to the riverbed.

Today, regulators and oil spill experts are still struggling to deal with the accident, which was the first major spill of dilbit into a U.S. waterway. The cleanup tools and techniques developed for conventional oil spills—which mostly float on water—are ineffective for submerged bitumen, so experts have had to come up with new methods. Read more....

Editor's note--This is the material the Keystone XL pipeline would be transporting.

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

The Keystone related company already has a spill to its credit and it ruined part of the Yellowstone River. If they want to destroy their boreal forests and transport tar sands oil to China, let them do it through their own territory.