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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 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
League of Conservations Voters' scorecard underlines partisan divide that defines Capitol Hill on climate change and energy.
Thirty-seven Republican senators voted against protecting the environment 19 different times—every...
02/05/2015 | Read More
For a step so critical to the Keystone pipeline's outcome, the determination of national interest is profoundly opaque.
Six years, two environmental reviews, one presidential delay, two Nebraska trials and innumerable...
01/30/2015 | Read More
Nebraska Supreme Court approves pipeline route––which now takes a detour through Washington­­––on its way from Canada to Texas.
The Nebraska Supreme Court on Friday upheld the Keystone XL pipeline's route through the state—...
01/09/2015 | Read More
New pipelines, power plants and export facilities would lock in carbon emissions for another generation and continue the dominance of fossil fuels.
As almost 200 countries try to work out an agreement in 2015 to slash carbon emissions, the U.S....
01/08/2015 | Read More