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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.
Exxon's burst Pegasus pipeline
Several other major pipelines intended to transport diluted bitumen from Canada's tar sands could be affected by the Pegasus outcome.
Industry analysts and others who have wondered whether ExxonMobil will restart the broken Pegasus...
Jan 2, 2014 | Read More
After years of silence, the climate conversation is now happening on many levels—from the White House to Wall Street and classrooms to the streets.
Frustrated by years of waiting on politicians to reduce American dependence on climate-changing...
Dec 30, 2013 | Read More
Mayflower, Arkansas
The Arkansas spill shone a spotlight on the dangers hiding in existing pipelines. It also reignited the debate over the proposed Keystone XL.
When a 65-year-old ExxonMobil pipeline ruptured on March 29 and spilled 210,000 gallons of oil in...
Dec 24, 2013 | Read More
Michigan dilbit spill
It could be 2018 before officials are able to assess the environmental damage done to the Kalamazoo River from Enbridge's 2010 pipeline spill.
Little evidence remains of the chaotic scramble to stop the massive oil spill that fouled Michigan'...
Dec 23, 2013 | Read More
Demonstrators protest against Northern Gateway pipeline
Canadian panel approves Enbridge's tar sands pipeline to Pacific Coast. If the project goes ahead, it could have ramifications for the Keystone XL.
WASHINGTON—An independent Canadian federal panel on Thursday approved Enbridge's proposal to build...
Dec 19, 2013 | Read More
In 2040, domestic crude oil output will still be higher than it is today. Will the country's shifting energy picture affect Keystone XL's prospects?
WASHINGTON—The U.S. Energy Department has sharply cut its forecast for crude oil imports in the...
Dec 17, 2013 | Read More
John Podesta
'Oil extraction from tar sands is polluting, destructive, expensive, and energy intensive,' John Podesta said in a speech in 2010.
WASHINGTON—By asking John Podesta to come to the White House as a special counselor at a time of...
Dec 10, 2013 | Read More
Keystone XL oil pipeline protest
Industry consultants said anti-tar sands push could become 'the most significant environmental campaign of the decade' if activists were left unopposed.
As environmentalists began ratcheting up pressure against Canada's tar sands three years ago, one...
Dec 5, 2013 | Read More
Bloomberg LP is now offering a Carbon Risk Valuation Tool
The tool, which can assess how companies might fare in the carbon-constrained economy, is now on the desks of the world's most influential investors.
In a move that underscores Wall Street's growing unease over the business-as-usual strategy of the...
Dec 3, 2013 | Read More
Pipe from Enbridge's 6B replacement pipeline project.
After being caught on video allowing oily water to flow into a creek while it was testing its 6B pipeline, Enbridge seen agreeing to deal with officials.
Michigan environmental officials are drafting a settlement with Canadian pipeline operator Enbridge...
Dec 2, 2013 | Read More