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Engineer Accidentally Discovers Safer Way To Transport Oil

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While we are getting out of the fossil fuel industry, more improvements are still being made in how we use oil and gas -- sometimes accidentally. A professor at the University of Calgary was able to discover a safer way to transport petroleum, which has been a hazard to the environment for many years. It’s not expected to fully replace the convenience of pipelines, but it could provide a safer, alternative way to get the job done.

Ian Gates, who works at the Schulich School of Engineering at the University of Calgary, was attempting to upgrade bitumen in the laboratory. Bitumen is a mixture of hydrocarbons left over after oil is distilled. Traditionally, this material is used to create hard surfaces like road blacktops. However, in the process they actually degraded it, creating a thick, gummy mixture.