On June 25 in Washington D.C., University of Michigan Energy Institute Director Mark Barteau unveiled the results of a yearlong National Research Council study on diluted bitumen crude oil’s effect on pipelines. Barteau chaired the committee charged with researching the issue.
Diluted bitumen has no greater likelihood of accidental pipeline release than other crude oils, says the report. The committee that wrote the report found that diluted bitumen has physical and chemical properties within the range of other crude oils and that no aspect of its transportation by pipeline would make it more likely than other crude oils to cause an accidental release. The committee was not asked to address whether the consequences of a diluted bitumen release differ from those of other crude oils.
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