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Judge tar sands oil on facts, not fears

THE GLOBE’S April 10 editorial, “Arkansas spill raises concerns on piping tar sands oil through New England,” raises concerns about the possible transport of oil sands crude oil from Canada through pipelines in New England. Oil sands crude has properties similar to other heavy crudes and has been safely transported by pipeline for decades. Both scientific research and industrial experience have determined that bitumen-derived crude oil is no more corrosive in transmission pipelines than other crudes.

Like New England, Canada takes its responsibility for the stewardship of our shared environment very seriously. We’ve committed to the exact same greenhouse gas reductions as the United States — 17 percent below 2005 levels by 2020. We are already halfway there.

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