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Re: “What leaked in Mayflower?

Exxon-Mobil may have a point - there may be a technical distinction but how substantive it is is open to further study and analysis.

A near as I can make out from a quick look. the Wabasca formation is within the official oil sands area defined by the Alberta government which also defines Wabasca crude as oil sands crude.

However, the Wabasca crude is not as thick or viscous as normal tar-sands crude which can only be produced by strip-mining or by steam and/or solvent injection because it appears that at least some Wabasca crude can actually be produced by pumpjacks.

One thing that is not clear to me from press reports is whether this particular crude spilled at Mayflower contained diluent to make it thin enough to pipeline easily.

This heavy crude may not be dense enough to sink in water - a simple test on a sample would confirm or deny that.

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Posted by Mike Priaro on 04/10/2013 at 10:58 AM


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