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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.

As the new Congress prepares legislation to approve the pipeline and force Obama's hand, we are reissuing Keystone and Beyond and making it free.
Editor's note: Keystone and Beyond: Tar Sands and the National Interest in the Era of Climate...
01/05/2015 | Read More
TransCanada's pipeline to the Atlantic coast is its best, and maybe only, hope for bringing landlocked tar sands oil to world markets.
After TransCanada proposed its Energy East tar sands pipeline, the energy giant tapped the world's...
11/19/2014 | Read More
An ICN reader on the nation's biggest energy and climate fight.
The Keystone XL tar sands pipeline is back in full force. The U.S. House tried for the ninth time...
11/18/2014 | Read More
Reversing oil and gas pipelines or changing the product they're carrying can have a 'significant impact' on the line's safety and integrity.
Reversing oil and natural gas pipelines or switching the product they're carrying can have a "...
11/17/2014 | Read More
Research group says 90 percent of Canadian tar sands investments need oil prices above $95 a barrel to make economic sense.
As oil prices sagged again on Monday to a four-year low, the Carbon Tracker Initiative said the...
11/05/2014 | Read More
Unprecedented secrecy in a class action suit that is seeking to determine if oil giant was negligent in upkeep of burst pipeline.
Oil giant ExxonMobil is seeking "unprecedented secrecy" by labeling nearly 900,000 pages of...
10/31/2014 | Read More
'There's definitely going to be less money flowing into [oil stocks] than we've seen in the last couple years,' says Phil Flynn, senior oil analyst.
The recent dive in oil prices is undermining oil company earnings, projects and stock prices—at...
10/28/2014 | Read More
Looked at from the vantage point of the climate crisis, GAO report discussing several benefits of lifting the oil export ban is more disturbing.
Allowing United States oil producers to export crude would not only sway markets at home and abroad...
10/20/2014 | Read More
What we do with the world's 14 biggest reserves of carbon will help determine the pace and depth of climate change and the fate of future generations.
It took hundreds of millions of years for Earth's fossil fuel deposits to form, but mankind has...
09/25/2014 | Read More
OP-ED: 'TransCanada likes to pretend that this pipeline is carrying rainbows with pots of gold.'
Jane Kleeb is the founder of Bold Nebraska, a grassroots group that opposes the Keystone XL...
09/25/2014 | Read More