Fact is, Kinder Morgan and twelve of their brethren Petroleum giants, along with their Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA), believe strictly in "Factoids". Factoid files are neatly stacked on their Library shelves:
"an item of unreliable information that is repeated so often that it becomes accepted as fact"
A factoid is a questionable or spurious (unverified, false, or fabricated) statement presented as a fact, but without supporting evidence. The word can also be used to describe a particularly insignificant or novel fact, in the absence of much relevant context. The word is defined by the Compact Oxford English Dictionary as "an item of unreliable information that is repeated so often that it becomes accepted as fact".
Factoid was coined by Norman Mailer in his 1973 biography of Marilyn Monroe. Mailer described a factoid as "facts which have no existence before appearing in a magazine or newspaper", and created the word by combining the word fact and the ending -oid to mean "similar but not the same". The Washington Times described Mailer's new word as referring to "something that looks like a fact, could be a fact, but in fact is not a fact".
Factoids may give rise to, or arise from, common misconceptions and urban legends.
A Kinder Morgan Website asks "Did you know" (without a question mark) and then proceeds to lay the "Facts" out cold, hard, and fast.
Approximately three million barrels of crude oil travel through Canada’s crude oil pipeline network every day, enough to fill more than 475 million one-litre milk cartons or almost 200 Olympic-sized swimming pools. Learn More
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$83.5 billionValue of Canadian crude oil and natural gas exports in 2012 — most of which was transported by pipeline
94%Percentage of transportation demand in Canada supplied by petroleum products
4,200The number of rail cars needed to transport the 3 million barrels of crude oil transported each day by pipeline in Canada
More than halfThe homes in Canada are heated by natural gas
5.5 litresThe amount of liquid spilled per million litres transported by pipeline in Canada between 2002 and 2011
3 millionBarrels of crude oil transported by transmission pipelines in Canada every day — the equivalent of 200 Olympic sized swimming pools (other mediums using Olympic Sized Pools)
97%The percentage of Canadian natural gas and crude oil production transported by transmission pipelines
More than two thirdsOf Canada’s energy demand is met by natural gas or products made from crude oil
2.5Number of times Canada’s natural gas and liquid transmission pipelines would circle the earth if laid end-to-end
30 – 35Number of days it takes for oil to travel by pipeline from Alberta to southern Ontario
More than 60%Percentage of Canadian natural gas production transported by pipeline to US markets in 2011
Up to 40 km per hourSpeed natural gas moves through a pipeline
99.9994%Percentage of liquid product transported safely by pipelines between 2002 and 2011
3 teaspoonsThe liquid spilled from pipelines in Canada over the past ten years is equivalent to three teaspoons dripped out of a gasoline nozzle over the course of 50 fill-ups of 50 litres each
75 kilometersThe length of train that would be required to transport the 3 million barrels of crude oil transported by pipeline in Canada every day
18 metresThe size of the permanent right-of-way for a large diameter transmission pipeline
500 BCThe first recorded use of pipelines to transport natural gas — the pipelines were constructed of bamboo
830,000 kmEstimate of Canada’s underground natural gas and liquids pipeline network (gathering, transmission and delivery lines)
Fact: Google Search Criteria: factoids CEPA
Fact: CEPA Membership:
Detailed Member Statistics
CEPA 13 Member Companies
- Access Pipeline Inc.
- Alliance Pipeline Ltd.
- ATCO Pipelines
- Enbridge Pipelines Inc.
- Inter Pipeline Fund
- Keystone Pipeline TransCanada
- Kinder Morgan Canada
- Pembina Pipeline Corporation
- Plains Midstream Canada
- Spectra Energy Transmission West
- TransCanada PipeLines Limited
- TransGas Limited
- Trans-Northern Pipelines Inc.