The Canadian Press

2016-11-30 | Pipeline Decision Bitumen

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A study that looked at thousands of research papers says not enough is known about how bitumen behaves in the ocean to be able to assess the risk of shipping it. Simon Fraser University researcher Wendy Palen says her paper raises questions about yesterday's approval of the Kinder Morgan oilsands pipeline between Alberta and B-C. (Palen and her co-authors looked through more than nine thousand papers on oil and the environment and found little study on how oilsands bitumen would react in an ocean environment. They found that even the most basic information on bitumen's effects doesn't exist, such as how toxic it is to different organisms.)

Date: 2016-11-30
Placeline: VANCOUVER.
Source: The Canadian Press
Length: 17 seconds

Transcript Prediction: << but the conclusions are pretty clear there are a large unexamined risks to the marine environment some oil sands product and that means that the approval of new projects is is problematic maybe even bordering on irresponsible given the current state of our understanding of the science >>