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  •  It's an interesting question, as you note. (4+ / 0-)
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    I'm a newbie at all of this, so I may well make some misrepresentations; if so, I hope LakeSuperior will come along later and correct the record.

    The Line 67 that they want to be able to use up to design capacity is a new pipeline, in operation only since 2010. I honestly don't know what the parameters are for people conducting the Supplemental Environmental Impact Statements are under such circumstances. The whole process may be very procedural and limited in terms of its scope.

    However, as a concerned lay person, I think it's legitimate to raise the questions about 1) true safety of the pipeline itself to tolerate running at full or near-full capacity and 2) what the plans are for the dilbit once it reaches Superior WI.

    The plans to ship dilbit in massive quantities in lake-going tankers are a new proposal, I understand. But the dangers there are pretty obvious and hard to circumvent.

    Otherwise, the dilbit is presumably going to pass through other pipelines to get to the refineries at the southern edges of Lake Michigan and Lake Erie. (I think there's one on the Detroit River, too--the one that just had the explosion.) As I understand it, these pipelines are much older, not obviously in adequate condition to handle the increase in volume or the change in composition (weight and density) of the dilbit compared to regular crude.

    Putting excess pressure on a delivery system that's really not designed or prepared to handle it is a recipe for disaster, as they say, not even mentioning all of the other concerns, which are numerous and serious.

    I guess it's about time for us all to be learning more about this whole network of oil lines and the risks it already presents. Feels like that to me, latecomer that I am.

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    by peregrine kate on Mon Apr 29, 2013 at 03:54:54 PM PDT

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