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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.

ANALYSIS: The realities of the oil market make it clear that even if the Keystone and similar pipelines were operating, they would not be supplanting rail.
A rash of explosive accidents involving oil-bearing trains has led to a surprising number of...
01/17/2014 | Read More
After nine months, there's still no discussion of what actually caused the Pegasus pipeline to split apart and spill oil across an Ark. community.
ExxonMobil has landed a new deadline extension for telling regulators how it plans to safely...
01/07/2014 | Read More
Lure of greater profits from global markets on collision course with national security goal of keeping supplies at home and protecting domestic gas prices.
Emboldened by the recent boom in U.S. crude production, oil company executives and others closed...
01/06/2014 | Read More
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...
01/02/2014 | 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...
12/30/2013 | Read More
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...
12/24/2013 | Read More
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'...
12/23/2013 | Read More
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...
12/19/2013 | 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...
12/17/2013 | Read More
'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...
12/10/2013 | Read More

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