Heavy Oil Light Laws

While the Government of Canada is busy dismantling its environmental protection laws in order to accommodate its turbocharged oil export scheme, some in the US Government are concerned about the risks posed by vastly increased numbers of oil tankers transiting the Salish Sea. As noted in The Tyee, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell of Washington state recently added an amendment requiring the U.S. Coast Guard to assess that risk by June 2013. Of particular concern to Senator Cantwell regarding the export of Tar Sands heavy oil bitumen via tankers through U.S. waters, is the toxicity and additional clean-up challenges it poses.

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