Accession Number : ADA629936


Title :   Response to Oil Sands Products Assessment


Descriptive Note : Final rept.


Corporate Author : COAST GUARD NEW LONDON CT RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER


Personal Author(s) : Hansen, Kurt ; Sprague, Mike ; Joeckel, John ; Rockley, Mark


Full Text : http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a629936.pdf


Report Date : Sep 2015


Pagination or Media Count : 154


Abstract : Domestic production of crude oil in North America has increased at a tremendous rate. Oil sands products (OSP), such as diluted bitumen (Dilbit) from Alberta, Canada, are subject to spilling during transport to domestic markets and refineries in the U.S. via pipeline, tank cars, or marine vessels. This report includes a qualitative risk assessment of potential spills of Dilbit and identifies initial response issues. Specifically, the following information, along with appropriate recommendations, are documented in this report: Geographic areas most at risk for spills and the prime routes of transportation in those areas. Techniques identified for response to surface oil and submerged oil spills that can address OSPs. Identification of what additional information the U.S. Coast Guard decision-makers need and what additional equipment or tactics responders need to prepare for Dilbit spills in waterways. How addressing these recommendations will provide more robust and safer response to future spills of Dilbit. A description of proposed tasks for future research efforts related to the recommendations.


Descriptors :   *BITUMENS , *CRUDE OIL , *OIL PRODUCTS , DILUENTS , DILUTION , DOMESTIC , OIL SPILLS , PIPELINES , PRODUCTION , REFINERIES , RESPONSE , RISK ANALYSIS , SAFETY , SAND , TANK CARS , UNITED STATES


Subject Categories : Geology, Geochemistry and Mineralogy


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE