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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