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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.
Franke James
'American policymakers need to understand just who they will be doing business with if they approve the Keystone,' says environmental artist Franke James.
Three years ago, Franke James was a little-known artist who found herself blacklisted by the...
Oct 28, 2013 | Read More
Officials assess the break in ExxonMobil's 838-mile Pegasus pipeline
Even though the lengthy outage is costing the company as much as $450,000 a day in lost revenue—about $90 million so far—Exxon is proceeding slowly.
In the six months since an ExxonMobil pipeline unleashed Canadian oil in an Arkansas neighborhood,...
Oct 21, 2013 | Read More
View of tar sands operations in Fort McMurray, Alberta.
The pipeline would increase carbon emissions by 20M tons a year. Despite claims, Alberta's offset schemes would negate just a fraction of those emissions.
In the tiny hamlet of Hairy Hill, Alberta, a highly energy-efficient grain-fed distillery does what...
Oct 10, 2013 | Read More
Cleanup efforts in the early days after the March 29 Exxon spill
Legislators want to strengthen regulations to protect the state's water supplies from oil spills, but they are powerless.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark.—Arkansas state legislators leery of lax federal oversight of oil pipelines have...
Oct 7, 2013 | Read More
Unable to deny right of way for new Enbridge pipeline in Michigan, homeowners see their American dream overtaken 'by an invading army' on their property.
The distant rumbling starts about the time David Gallagher pours his first cup of coffee in the...
Sep 16, 2013 | Read More
Jeffrey Wiese, PHMSA's associate administrator for pipeline safety
With 'few tools to work with,' PHMSA's Jeffrey Wiese says he is creating a YouTube channel to persuade industry to voluntarily improve safety.
Jeffrey Wiese, the nation's top oil and gas pipeline safety official, recently strode to a dais...
Sep 11, 2013 | Read More
Experts say the heavier, high-sulfur oil from Canada could have created bigger pressure swings and promoted crack growth in the old, flawed pipe.
In the five months since ExxonMobil's Pegasus oil pipeline burst in Arkansas, two things have...
Sep 9, 2013 | Read More
Canadian pipeline company Enbridge Inc. is replacing its 44-year-old Line 6B though southern...
Sep 8, 2013 | Read More
Central Arkansas Water's John Tynan
Only one manually-operated valve exists along the watershed's pipeline. About a million gallons of oil could escape in the time it could take to close it.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark.—Central Arkansas Water is fully aware that its push to relocate the compromised...
Sep 4, 2013 | Read More
'We've been listening to people and trying to figure out what our role can be,' an Ark. Department of Health rep said. 'This is what we've come up with.'
LITTLE ROCK, Ark.—Is it too little, too late? That's the question Mayflower residents are asking...
Sep 4, 2013 | Read More