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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.

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...
05/01/2014 | 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...
04/24/2014 | Read More
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...
04/15/2014 | 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...
04/10/2014 | 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...
03/28/2014 | 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...
03/26/2014 | Read More
Residents have been left in the dark about whether the Texas leg of the idled Pegasus has been made safe. The 211-mile segment could reopen this week.
The southern leg of ExxonMobil's idled Pegasus oil pipeline, a segment regulators say is...
03/25/2014 | Read More
Environmental organizations that oppose tar sands expansion have become the subject of rigorous audits that could force some to shut their doors.
Story updated on Feb. 14 at 2:00 p.m. EDT to include comment from the Canada Revenue Agency. In...
02/14/2014 | Read More
Green groups have often touted that their network of anti-Keystone XL supporters is millions strong—will they turn up to voice their opposition?
With the Obama administration heading into the endgame on the Keystone XL decision, now comes the...
02/10/2014 | Read More
A landowner-turned-activist in Michigan captures a pipeline construction accident on video, and fearing damage, gets Enbridge to replace the pipe.
The view from David Gallagher's porch window should have been bucolic on that January evening. In...
01/21/2014 | Read More

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