The Tyee

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A news magazine that provides opinion not packaged for Canada’s big business, is The Tyee. David Beers’ publication has nerve, dedication and skill.

It offers the most honest and principle based political commentary from Andrew MacLeod in Victoria and daily presents information that frightens managers of Canada’s old style corporate media. Today, another example:

Vancouver Oil Sands Tanker Spill Could Cause Evacuation Nightmare, Mitchell Anderson, The Tyee Jun 4, 2012

“Stinking. Toxic. Explosive…

“Companies operating in the oil sands are increasingly shipping unrefined bitumen because it is more profitable for them to refine it elsewhere. This lack of value-added processing, supported by the Harper government, not only limits the long-term employment and economic benefits of bitumen extraction, it also creates enormous public safety hazards downstream.

“Bitumen is too thick to pump through a pipeline so it must be diluted with a variety of volatile and toxic chemicals imported from elsewhere around the world. This mixture is called “diluted bitumen” and is more abrasive, corrosive and acidic than conventional crude, and typically must be piped under higher temperatures and pressures — raising the risk of pipeline failures.

“The additional risk is that the toxic solvents used to dilute bitumen can quickly evaporate when released into the environment, increasing public safety risks and complicating clean-up efforts …”

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8 replies »

  1. I don't get why governments are so against value-added processing, which would provide good paying jobs here, and would rather whore out their raw goods to the highest bidder.


  2. Because those “highest bidders” have the CPC and the LPBC in their pocket.

    Remember this the next time you hear a cabinet minister talking about those foreign-funded radical environmentalists.


  3. Canada is for sale! It matters little what may be best for Canadians our current politicians could give a damm.
    What matter to those paying for eveything means nothing to these people, they laugh at what suckers we are.
    Canada is vast with many resources, many rivers and minerals yet with a very small population, what better place to use as a wasteland to service the rest of the crowded world?
    Nothing matters anymore, the environment, the animal life,nothing.
    And the best I can say sadly too late, is that we have listened to the likes of Keith Baldry,Bill Good, Vaughn Palmer,and now we see the truth.
    The future will show us how stupid we have been!


  4. What blows my tiny little mind is the fact that oil companies are allowed to keep the chemical composition of the toxic cocktail that is diluted bitumen secret because it is proprietary. The profits of oil companies trump the lives of Canadians.


  5. I recall hearing about using the railways to transport the bitumen — if the pipelines are banned. I don't know the logistics or efficiencies of it all, but if the oil HAS to be moved, the rails seem like an interesting alternative.

    For one, they are already in place — as they will be when the oil is gone, still providing a useful route for other products, unlike a dried-up pipeline.

    For two, while diesel locomotives require a lot of fuel: moving fluids through a pipeline also takes energy to turn the pumps.

    For three: if/when a train has a wreck, you'll know where and when it happened and can respond to the clean-up faster (without the volatile additives that a pipeline needs). I imagine you'd have less volume to contend with as well, and not all rail cars would be compromised.

    I'm talking through my hat and may be missing some basic points. Maybe a pipelines — including the massive cost of building them — are massively more efficient. I'm ready to be educated.


  6. There has not been a refinery built in Canada for almost 30 years. The problem seems to be the environmental issues associated with, storing, and processing large volumes of fuels, oils and other combustables as well as long term consequences, of refinery operations. Shipping these products would be easier, but the environmental issues would still be there.

    The real kicker here is the toxic additives, used to ship the raw bitumen, to make if flow easier in a pipe line. That stuff is terrible if spilled and a toxic nightmare to cleanup.

    Why won't the government allow processing here?

    Takes more energy than shipping it raw. Besides our wages our much higher than the Chinese, and I would think our production standards are higher too.
    Sounds like they want to make a quick buck, and not worry about old used refineries, down the road, after the bitumen has been sold off at fire sale prices. Sounds like the great American way, to do business to me, without creating any other issues, but outsourcing our jobs to the Chinese.

    Imagine, we are paying for the stupidity currently being shoved down our throats. We really do have to wake up!


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