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As noted in previous E&MJ reviews of the oil sands industry, transport systems for both synthetic crude oil and diluted bitumen ("dilbit") from northern Alberta to refineries in the USA and in other parts of Canada have the potential to place constraints on output, especially as production capacity continues to grow.
There is no evidence the panel's conclusions were considered at all in cabinet's decision-making process given that the panel report stressed the irreconcilable conflict between Indigenous rights and title, the risks from diluted bitumen spills like the disaster in Kalamazoo in 2010, and widespread urgent concern with climate change.
The Baa1 rating reflects the fact that NWR benefits from two 30 year processing agreements with APMC, an agent of the province of Alberta and with Canadian Natural Resources Partnership (CNRP), indirectly wholly-owned by CNRL, who are obligated to supply NWR with diluted bitumen. Under these two processing agreements, NWR benefits from supportive tolls and the debt tolls related to the Debt Financing are due no matter what, including delays in construction (post toll commencement date of June 1, 2018), non-completion of the facility, poor operating performance, unavailability, force majeure and even processing agreement termination.
Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- An independent study co-published by the Faulkner County Citizens Advisory Group and Global Community Monitor revealed that, in the aftermath of ExxonMobil's Pegasus tar sands pipeline spill of over 500,000 gallons of diluted bitumen (dilbit) into Mayflower, AR, air quality in the area surrounding the spill has been affected by high levels of cancer-causing chemicals.
If built, the pipeline each day could carry more than 800,000 barrels of diluted bitumen, or dilbit, from Canada to refineries along the US Gulf Coast.
Parallels have been drawn between oil shales and the oil sands in Alberta, Canada where there has been a rapid acceleration in capital projects and synthetic crude and diluted bitumen production.
At this moment in Canada, every year we move tens of millions of barrels of oil from Vancouver, including diluted bitumen. And over the last 25 years, 1,500 tankers carrying petroleum products have docked safely in Kitimat.
The 193,000 barrels of condensate translates into 525,000 barrels of diluted bitumen moving every day 750 miles.
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Currently at issue in the region is the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline that would bisect the rainforest to transport diluted bitumen across almost 1,000 salmon streams.
Keystone XL would be a sister pipeline to the existing Keystone project which currently carries diluted bitumen from Canada's Alberta province to refineries in Illinois and Oklahoma.
Site construction is currently focused on pile driving (30% complete) and building nine site-fabricated 10,000 bbl storage tanks used to store fluids such as boiler feedwater, produced water, diluent, and the diluted bitumen (dil-bit) sales product.