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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.
Fears for the future: About one in four people in Arkansas counts on drinking water from a source that is crossed by Exxon's burst Pegasus pipeline.
On March 29, 2013, ExxonMobil's 850-mile Pegasus oil pipeline split open and spilled 210,000...
Nov 26, 2013 | Read More
'It's too late for anything to happen. It's too late for us. We want them to get this mess cleaned up and get it cleaned up right.'
On March 29, 2013, an ExxonMobil oil pipeline that runs under a tiny residential neighborhood in...
Nov 25, 2013 | Read More
Half the families in the 62-home subdivision that bore the brunt of Exxon's spill are leaving their homes in search of a fresh start they never wanted.
American property owners battling to stop energy companies from snaking oil pipelines across their...
Nov 25, 2013 | Read More
Selective risk reporting caused Exxon to underestimate the vulnerability of the pipe that passed through Mayflower, Ark., federal regulators said.
In the years leading up to ExxonMobil's Pegasus pipeline rupture in Arkansas, the company delayed a...
Nov 14, 2013 | Read More
Syncrude Aurora Oil Sands Mine/Credit: Elias Schewel. T
Report thrusts the prominent energy institute into a critical part of the debate over the Keystone XL—whether the pipeline would worsen global warming.
Growth in the Canadian oil sands industry will depend on the construction of major new pipelines,...
Nov 14, 2013 | Read More
Replacement work on the southern leg of the Keystone XL
Report by advocates says at least 125 sections on the southern portion of the Keystone have had to be repaired. Expert says concerns exaggerated.
Story updated on Nov. 13 at 2:30 a.m. EDT to include content of warning letters obtained by CBS...
Nov 12, 2013 | Read More
An oil pump jack operates in Texas.
Many benefits being touted by Keystone supporters are being delivered by the domestic oil rush. 'It's become a political football more than anything.'
The ongoing U.S. oil boom has flooded the Gulf Coast with domestic crude to levels not seen in...
Nov 6, 2013 | Read More
Prime Minister Stephen Harper on a tour of CO2 Solutions Inc., a Quebec company
The U.S. and Canada are going in opposite directions on CO2 emissions, data reveal, with possible implications for Obama's Keystone pipeline decision.
When Alberta Premier Alison Redford came to Washington this year to urge approval of the Keystone...
Oct 31, 2013 | Read More
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