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Tar Sands/Oil Sands

Tar Sands/Oil SandsThe 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.
Other states that have surging oil-by-rail traffic and pipelines carrying tar sands are expected to consider similar safety requirements.
Alarmed by a string of explosive and disastrous oil spills, two states recently passed laws aimed...
Jun 16, 2014 | Read More
'What gets everybody really suspicious is that you don't have access to watch it, which raises all kinds of issues about transparency.'
Federal pipeline regulators and ExxonMobil lawyers will spar Wednesday in Houston over a proposed $...
Jun 11, 2014 | Read More
Are dilbit spills more dangerous to people and the environment than leaks of conventional oil? For the first time the U.S. will study this question.
The federal government said Tuesday it will study a critical question in the battle over oil...
May 21, 2014 | Read More
New book published by ICN traces pipeline’s origins to earliest days of Bush-Cheney era, and shows how KXL has become a test for Obama’s climate legacy.
Editor's note: Today InsideClimate News is publishing a new e-book, Keystone and Beyond: Tar Sands...
May 8, 2014 | Read More
Email suggests TransCanada sought to sap the credibility of a former employee who accused the Keystone pipeline builder of lax safety.
A newly released internal e-mail from TransCanada Corp. is raising fresh questions about whether...
May 1, 2014 | Read More
Job cuts come at a time when PHMSA is struggling to regulate the nation’s aging pipeline network and new pipelines tied to the oil and gas boom.
The federal regulator for petroleum pipelines and oil-toting railcars is offering employee buyouts...
Apr 24, 2014 | Read More
Vladimir Putin
ANALYSIS: Controversial project included in wish list of actions industry says would send more oil and gas to vulnerable Ukraine and Europe.
Russia's brazen move into Ukraine has triggered a reaction from supporters of America's oil and...
Apr 15, 2014 | Read More
Enbridge is weeks away from starting its replacement of 6B, the line that ruptured in 2010 and spilled a million-plus gallons of Canadian tar sands.
There will be a lot on the line in a few weeks when Enbridge Inc. hits the start button on its new...
Apr 10, 2014 | Read More
What caused Exxon’s Pegasus pipeline to split apart while the line was running well below maximum pressure? It's still anyone's guess.
It's been a year since a broken oil pipeline sent an estimated 210,000 gallons of Canadian dilbit...
Mar 28, 2014 | Read More
The scrutinized Keystone XL contractor says the decision to withdraw from the State Department's Alberta Clipper review was 'strictly a business decision.'
A State Department contractor for the Keystone XL that has been under attack for alleged conflicts...
Mar 26, 2014 | Read More