FACT SHEET: Background on Diluted Bitumen (API/AOPL)

One of the types of crude oil derived from the Canadian oil sands is bitumen, a heavy, sour oil. Bitumen would not flow through a pipeline efficiently, so it is mixed with diluents to be readied for pipeline transportation as diluted bitumen, or ‘dilbit.’ Diluents are usually natural gas condensate, naphtha or a mix of […]

LETTER: Pipelines safely transport oil sands crudes

The following letter was jointly signed and submitted by the Association of Oil Pipe Lines, Canadian Energy Pipeline Association, and the American Petroleum Institute in response to a New York Times op-ed by David Sassoon, publisher of InsideClimate News. To the Editor of the New York Times: David Sassoon’s August 21, 2012, Op-Ed Crude, Dirty […]

STUDY: Diluted Bitumen-Derived Crude Oil: Relative Pipeline Impacts (Battelle)

This report evaluated the claim made that dilbit is more corrosive than other crudes. This evaluation was benchmarked against conventional and/or sour crude, and was based on the existing literature on crude and dilbit properties and characteristics, data on pipeline integrity and results of engineering assays of pipe that has been transporting dilbit, with such […]