Response to Oil Sands Products Assessment
COAST GUARD NEW LONDON CT RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER
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Domestic production of crude oil in North America has increased at a tremendous rate. Oil sands products OSP, such as diluted bitumen Dilbit from Alberta, Canada, are subject to spilling during transport to domestic markets and refineries in the U.S. via pipeline, tank cars, or marine vessels. This report includes a qualitative risk assessment of potential spills of Dilbit and identifies initial response issues. Specifically, the following information, along with appropriate recommendations, are documented in this report Geographic areas most at risk for spills and the prime routes of transportation in those areas. Techniques identified for response to surface oil and submerged oil spills that can address OSPs. Identification of what additional information the U.S. Coast Guard decision-makers need and what additional equipment or tactics responders need to prepare for Dilbit spills in waterways. How addressing these recommendations will provide more robust and safer response to future spills of Dilbit. A description of proposed tasks for future research efforts related to the recommendations.
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