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  •  Good point. I was thinking about that too. (5+ / 0-)
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    elwior, JeffW, Creosote, kurt, Calamity Jean

    I'm not in the oil industry (even though I live in Houston, where ExxonMobil is headquartered). But I was wondering about the corrosion rates of standard pipeline carrying dilbit. And how that corrosion rate correlates with an increased flow rate of dilbit in a pipeline.

    I was also commenting in a different related diary (with my comment here) about how long it actually took to discover this rupture (starting from the time the rupture actually occurred) and how long it actually took to shut down the pipeline from the time the rupture occurred.  Summary: based on numbers from media sources, an 84000 barrel spill would have occurred over 21 hours at a minimum, from rupture to shutdown, which seems like a long time to me, and if true has not been widely mentioned. But I'd certainly appreciate comments from those who with more knowledge or experience in this field about whether this simple calculation is reasonable or if the numbers I was using were inaccurate.

    I know we have a lot of knowledgeable people here at DKos, so maybe we have some with more knowledge about pipelines, flow rates, and corrosion that do I.

    But if the cause be not good, the king himself hath a heavy reckoning to make, ... there are few die well that die in a battle; ... Now, if these men do not die well, it will be a black matter for the king that led them to it; — Shakespeare, ‘Henry V’

    by dewtx on Thu Apr 04, 2013 at 06:41:26 PM PDT

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