Environment, Education, Energy: Policy to People

“Oil Spill Spotlights Keystone XL Issue: Is Canadian Crude Worse?”

One of the central questions regarding the Keystone XL pipeline, which will pass through Oklahoma on it’s way to refineries on the Gulf: Is tar sands oil more corrosive and damaging than other kinds of oil?

Although the U.S. State Department’s environmental impact analysis last month concluded that there was no evidence that tar sands oil was worse than other forms of crude oil, it noted the issue was still under study. The results of a National Academies of Science review of the literature are due in July. But with President Barack Obama’s decision on a permit for Keystone XL expected sooner than that, the Arkansas spill is providing new ammunition for foes of the project.

Read more at: news.nationalgeographic.com

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