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TitleEnvironmental impact of diluted bitumen / Impact environnemental du bitume dilué
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AuthorAhad, J M EORCID logo
SourcePublic presentations of May 19, 2020: Environmental Geoscience Program, current status of research projects for the 2019-2024 program cycle; by Jacob, N; Outridge, P MORCID logo; Lintern, GORCID logo; Bringué, MORCID logo; Ahad, J M EORCID logo; Gammon, P R; Rivard, CORCID logo; Kao, HORCID logo; White, DORCID logo; Desbarats, A JORCID logo; Galloway, J MORCID logo; Duchesne, M JORCID logo; Geological Survey of Canada, Scientific Presentation 118, 2020 p. 35-46, Open Access logo Open Access
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PublisherNatural Resources Canada
MeetingPublic presentations of May 19, 2020: Environmental Geoscience Program; CA; May 19, 2020
Lang.English; French
Mediaon-line; digital
RelatedThis publication is contained in Public presentations of May 19, 2020: Environmental Geoscience Program, current status of research projects for the 2019-2024 program cycle
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Subjectshydrogeology; environmental geology; fossil fuels; geochemistry; Nature and Environment; Science and Technology; Government and Politics; Economics and Industry; Transport; environmental studies; environmental impacts; bitumen; hydrocarbons; transportation; pipelines; pollutants; groundwater resources; groundwater pollution; groundwater geochemistry; microorganisms; lake sediment geochemistry; stream sediment geochemistry; weathering; soil geochemistry; soil mechanics; soil samples; carbon geochemistry; carbon; organic carbon; core samples; leaching; Environmental Geoscience Program (EGP); Experimental Lakes Area; Environmental impact assessment; Microbiology; Toxicology; cumulative effects; alluvial sediments; lacustrine sediments
Illustrationsphotographs; flow diagrams; time series
ProgramEnvironmental Geoscience Program Management
Released2020 09 15
AbstractTo transport it by pipeline, bitumen is blended with lighter hydrocarbon fractions, yielding a less viscous, diluted bitumen ('dilbit').
Although often considered safer than other means of transport (i.e., railways, barges), a number of incidents have highlighted the potential environment risk caused by dilbit pipeline rupture.
There are few detailed investigations into the fate and transport of dilbit in the environment, particularly shallow groundwater systems - a knowledge gap identified over five years ago.
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This is the fifth year for the project leaders of the Environmental Geoscience Program (EGP) from the Geological Survey of Canada (GSC) within Natural Resources Canada to present their annual scientific updates. Twelve power point presentations illustrate all the project status of all research going on within EGP. Subjects are connected to the following key words: Volcanoes, mercury, dredge disposal at sea, oil spills, diluted bitumen, oil sands, aquifer impacts, induced seismicity, geological storage of carbon, cobalt, climate change, Mackenzie River Basin, permafrost thaw, permafrost geochemistry, and cumulative effects.

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