Bitumen spill just as bad as oil spill In response to a letter by Sandra O'Reilly ("Unrefined bitumen safe in pipes," The Daily News, July 18, 2012) I would like to correct some of the information shared.
Ms. O'Reilly correctly states that bitumen is combined with a gas oakley razrwire to allow it to flow in pipelines. But Ms. O'Reilly wants us to believe that when a pipeline breaks, the bitumen is so solid, it just sits in the sunglass oakley outlet pipes as the gas is dispersed. The Kalamazoo bitumen spill has proven otherwise. As well, the dangers of the toxic fumes have been ignored. Kalamazoo residents were advised to stay indoors or leave the area, as toluene and benzene were present in the air. Ms. O'Reilly fails to address the fact that once bitumen has made contact with the land, which it definitely does in the case of a pipeline break, the land is completely damaged it cannot support growth of any kind. Ms. O'Reilly goes on to say that we don't need to worry about spilled bitumen in the ocean either. She says oakley usa sunglasses that a spill will merely result in a 'glob of bitumen that floats until removed." She assures us that "it is impossible to have a bitumen spill with any amount of devastation." The opposite of this statement has already been proven with the Kalamazoo River spill and other Enbridge spills recently and over the years. These are the facts: "Unlike conventional crude, diluted bitumen or 'dilbit' is a mixture of unrefined tar that is often heavier than water. As the lighter portions of the spill begin to evaporate, the progressively heavier oakley pit boss bitumen would likely begin to sink rendering useless the conventional clean up equipment designed to recover floating oil. Please check out this article for further information. Ms.
O'Reilly correctly recognizes the devastation of an oil spill. The bottom line is that we cannot afford the devastation caused by a bitumen spill any more than we can afford the devastation of an oil spill. ANN MARIE HUNTER Kamloops.
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