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September 12, 2018 - CBC News Canada

Diluted bitumen deadly to young salmon, even with short exposure: study

Diluted bitumen deadly to young salmon, even with short exposure: study

Research comes as Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project in Canada remains deadlocked following Appeal Court decision

A spill of diluted bitumen would put the survival of young salmon at risk even if the fish end up in clean water following exposure to the oil product, says new research from the University of Guelph.

GruntVegan: Dilbit (diluted bitumen) is a bitumen diluted with one or more lighter petroleum products, typically natural-gas condensates such as naphtha. Bitumen is diluted to make it much easier to transport, for example via pipelines. The Athabasca oil sands in Alberta, Canada, are a very large source of bitumen. The development of these oil sands has a considerable and growing impact on the the environment, according to CERI, The Canadian Energy Research Institute. "Current extraction processes are energy intensive, and by year 2020 the oil sands will be the second largest single contributor to Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions after transportation."

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