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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.

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
The fine could top $100 million if the agency finds negligence or other adverse circumstances.
The Environmental Protection Agency may penalize Enbridge Inc. with the stiffest fine ever imposed...
07/22/2015 | Read More
In a rare, large consensus, more than 100 scientists unite to say expanding tar sands will be catastrophic for the climate and environment.
More than 100 North American scientists released a consensus statement on Wednesday concluding that...
06/10/2015 | Read More
The $4 million settlement does not resolve any possible penalties in connection with the federal Clean Water Act.
Enbridge Inc. has reached another settlement in connection with its massive oil pipeline spill into...
06/09/2015 | Read More
If confirmed, Dominguez would take over an underfunded, understaffed and beleaguered agency that has faced criticism of cozy ties with industry.
The nomination of Marie Therese Dominguez, President Obama's pick to lead the federal agency that...
06/02/2015 | Read More
Critics say the money isn’t enough to make up for damage from the Kalamazoo spill, but state officials are pleased.
Oil pipeline giant Enbridge, Inc. has agreed to a $75 million settlement with the state of Michigan...
05/13/2015 | Read More
Enbridge wants to triple the volume of oil it pumps through Dane County, which wants a $25 million safety net.
Pipeline giant Enbridge, Inc., is in a standoff with a Wisconsin zoning committee over the company'...
05/12/2015 | Read More