Opponents of the pipelines to the West Coast contend that the oil from Alberta -- bitumen or super heavy crude -- is fundamentally different from normal, lighter crude and poses a much greater risk should any of it spill. They point to Kalamazoo, Michigan where in July 2010 an Enbridge pipeline there ruptured resulting the most expensive land-based oil spill in U.S. history.
Why was it so expensive? Because the spill was of dilbit -- diluted bitumen from the Alberta oil sands. Unlike a conventional oil spill, the dilbit that spilled in Kalamazoo sank to the bottom of the river whereby conventional tactics used to clean oil were rendered useless. Kinder Morgan contends that their plans are safe and that this will not happen should any oil spill in Vancouver. But what safety measures are in place should their plans succeed? And if a spill were to occur, would the dilbit sink? Vancouver is now faced with a dilbit dilemma -- the subject of our video