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OTTAWA — The Honourable Joe Oliver, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources, today issued the following statement regarding the release by the National Academy of Sciences of an extensive report entitled Effects of Diluted Bitumen on Crude Oil Transmission Pipelines.
“We welcome the findings of the latest scientific report to conclude that oil sands diluted bitumen is no more corrosive than other heavy crudes in transmission pipelines. This independent study by the internationally recognized National Academy of Sciences and sponsored by the US Transportation Department builds on extensive research conducted by Natural Resources Canada and others.
“The science is settled. The myth that oil sands crude is more corrosive has been consistently proven false by objective research. We hope all groups will base their comments on the facts. Pipelines are a safe and efficient method of transporting large volumes of crude oil and petroleum products.
“An important component of our Government's strong pipeline safety regime is ensuring that no development happens unless it is safe for Canadians and for the environment.
“The Harper Government will continue to develop Canada's natural resources in order to create jobs and economic growth, while protecting the environment.”
For additional information on this subject, visit Natural Resources Canada’s fact sheet, Bitumen-Derived Crude and Corrosivity, which is available on the website at http://www.nrcan.gc.ca/pipeline/13757
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