Claims over diluted bitumen disputed at Northern Gateway hearings

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PRINCE RUPERT, B.C. — The diluted bitumen that will flow from the Alberta oil sands to a British Columbia tanker port would not sink in the event of a marine oil spill, contrary to claims made by opponents, say experts behind the Northern Gateway Pipeline project.

As such, the marine oil-spill response plan — which the company points out it has taken on voluntarily, above and beyond Canadian regulations — does not need and does not include measures to remove oil from the ocean floor, a regulatory review panel heard Wednesday.

That panel is currently examining the project’s marine oil-spill plans…

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