Properties, Composition and Marine Spill Behaviour, Fate and Transport of Two Diluted Bitumen Products from the Canadian Oil Sands

Effective spill response depends on a good scientific understanding of petroleum product behaviour in the environment (e.g., movement and changes in physical properties and chemical composition of the oil). For example, in calm waters, booms can help contain floating oil spills and make skimmer recovery equipment more effective, so it is important to know whether the oil will float or sink, and under what conditions. This report describes early research simulating diluted bitumen products spilled at sea. This work was undertaken by the Government of Canada as part of the first phase of a strategy to implement a world class prevention, preparedness and response regime for oil spills from ships.

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  • Author: Government of Canada
  • Language of Document: Separate English/French
  • Document Type: Report
  • Cat. No.: En84-96/2013E-PDF
  • ISBN: 978-1-100-23004-7
  • Size: 21.6 X 28
  • Pages: 87
  • Year: 2013
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