STUDY: Comparison of the Corrosivity of Dilbit and Conventional Crude (Alberta Innovates)

Pipeline expansions for the transportation of Canadian crude to refining markets in the United States are currently under regulatory review. The transported oil originates primarily from the Alberta oil sands and consists of diluted bitumen, also referred to as dilbit. Alberta Innovates – Technology Futures completed a project for Alberta Innovates – Energy and Environment […]

Myth vs. Fact: Crude Oil is the Dirtiest Oil on Earth

MYTH: Crude oil derived from the oil sands is the “dirtiest oil on earth” and increasing its development means “game over for the climate.” FACT: Oil sands crude oil has similar characteristics to most heavy oils refined in the United States and its use will not have the catastrophic effect on climate that many opponents […]

Myth vs. Fact: KXL will Threaten the Ogallala Aquifer

MYTH: KXL will threaten the Ogallala Aquifer. FACT: Crude oil has been produced and transported within the Ogallala Aquifer for decades, and the presence of the Keystone XL will not pose a unique threat to the area. Since 1930, 24 billion barrels of crude oil have been produced within the aquifer.[1] Nearly 25,000 miles of […]

Myth vs. Fact: Oil Spills

MYTH: Oil derived from the oil sands is more likely to cause spills. FACT: Oil from the Canadian oil sands – a common energy source that has been transported in the United States for years — pose no more of a threat to U.S. pipelines than any other source of crude oil.[1] In fact, no […]

Myth vs. Fact: Are the Oil Sands Corrosive?

MYTH: Oil derived from the oil sands is more corrosive than other crude oils. FACT: Bitumen, one of the types of crude oils derived from the Canadian oil sands, assumes similar characteristics to other heavy crudes once it is upgraded for pipeline transportation. By the time the upgraded (or “diluted”) bitumen reaches the piping network, […]

NEWS: Progress on highway bill but Keystone unresolved: senator (Reuters)

Reuters Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Lawmakers on a U.S. Senate-House committee are making progress on finalizing a transportation spending bill, Senator Barbara Boxer said on Wednesday, although a provision that would fast-track the Keystone XL crude pipeline is still unresolved. The committee’s starting point is a two-year, $106 billion bill to fund road, bridge […]