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Tar Sands/Oil Sands

The oil industry is hoping to shift the geopolitical center of global oil production to Canada’s boreal forests, home of vast deposits of oil sands, also called tar sands. Environmentalists and First Nations contend it’s a dirty, carbon- and water-intensive business, while proponents of development tout energy security benefits. We’re covering the battle here.

Federal pipeline safety officials levy a $2.6 million fine along with demands that Exxon better monitor the vulnerable structure for potential failure.
This story was updated on Oct. 2, 2:30 p.m. ExxonMobil has been hit with a $2.6 million fine and...
10/02/2015 | Read More
TransCanada is forced to drop its eminent domain claims to run the controversial tar sands pipeline through private lands.
TransCanada, the company behind the Keystone XL pipeline, has pulled out of a lawsuit launched by...
10/01/2015 | Read More
New research finds the Athabasca River might not be a sustainable source of water oil companies need for the tar sands.
The source of water used for drilling in the Alberta tar sands could dry up in the coming decades,...
09/21/2015 | Read More
In the country that bet big on the "carbon bomb" in Alberta, the industry's crisis impacts the economy and maybe Stephen Harper's re-election.
A dramatic reversal of fortune for Canada's tar sands oil industry has cheered environmental...
08/19/2015 | Read More
Arkansas authorities had sought stronger measures to protect waterways from toxic tar sands oil spills, but a federal judge rejects their pleas.
A federal judge rejected arguments by local Arkansas authorities that a $5 million settlement...
08/13/2015 | Read More
Canadian producers share an uncertain future with the oil industry, but higher costs and opposition to expansion and pipelines bring extra hardship.
Canadian oil sands producers, facing a double whammy of low oil prices and higher taxes in Alberta...
08/11/2015 | Read More
The fine for calamitous pipeline rupture could exceed $100 million, but may take another year or more to decide.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Enbridge, Inc. have agreed to extend the deadline for...
08/02/2015 | Read More
Groups opposed to the $5 million ExxonMobil settlement are worried that drinking water for 750,000 Arkansas residents isn't protected.
ExxonMobil's $5 million settlement for polluting water during the Pegasus oil pipeline spill may be...
07/28/2015 | Read More
The Kalamazoo River near Marshall, Mich. today teems with kayakers paddling amid swimming turtles,...
07/23/2015 | Read More
The EPA has yet to levy a Clean Water Act fine for the biggest inland oil spill in U.S. history. The agency has until July 25 to act.
Today the gently rolling Kalamazoo River in southern Michigan flows clear once again. There are few...
07/22/2015 | Read More