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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 company told regulators in a filing it expects to pay at least $22 million. The EPA, which will assess the fine, is mum.
12:30 PM ET on 8/28/204: This story has been updated with information from the EPA. Pipeline giant...
08/28/2014 | Read More
Tar sands, deepsea drilling and other projects would lose money if lower demand, CO2 restrictions or other factors forced crude prices below $95.
Critics of environmentally risky oil projects proposed for deep undersea and Canada's tar sands got...
08/18/2014 | Read More
'Our simple model shows that...the pipeline's effect on oil prices could substantially increase its total GHG impact,' finds a peer-reviewed study.
Building the Keystone XL pipeline to bring Canadian tar sands oil to refineries in the United...
08/11/2014 | Read More
'We're serious about our economy. We want to make sure that it's self-sufficient and doesn't harm the environment—so it lasts forever.'
British Columbia's First Nations have fought the proposed Northern Gateway oil sands pipeline that...
07/31/2014 | Read More
South Portland’s Clear Skies Ordinance may block pipeline plan, but industry vows political and legal fight and may have other options.
Environmentalists claimed victory last week when a small coastal town in Maine voted to block heavy...
07/28/2014 | Read More
The Koch brothers built their first fortune on the particularly dirty form of oil mined in Alberta's tar sands, and they remain deeply invested there.
The libertarian conservative Koch brothers and the progressive liberal Tom Steyer are in a...
07/15/2014 | Read More
Potentially potent lawsuit claiming Exxon violated pollution laws after its 2013 Mayflower oil pipeline spill survives dismissal attempts.
Federal and state attorneys who sued ExxonMobil Corp. over its Arkansas pipeline spill have won...
06/30/2014 | Read More
'We’re really the only national group that focuses on pipeline safety. So how does Bambi stay alive in that environment?'
Fifteen years ago this month, gasoline from a burst pipeline spilled into a Bellingham, Wash. creek...
06/24/2014 | Read More
Companies behind refining proposals are trying hard to avoid the mistakes Enbridge made on Northern Gateway pipeline—but an uphill fight awaits.
Despite last week's approval from the Canadian government, uncertainty still dogs Enbridge Inc.'s...
06/23/2014 | Read More
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...
06/16/2014 | Read More

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