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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.
Eastern Gulf Crude Access Pipeline
The Enbridge pipeline, converted from natural gas, would carry tar sands crude like the Keystone XL but is expected to easily win regulatory approval.
A little-known pipeline could win the race to ship heavy Canadian crude oil from the Midwest to the...
Aug 4, 2013 | Read More
The Pegasus pipeline rupture site in the North Woods neighborhood
Some homeowners were told Exxon would end payments for temporary housing on Aug. 31. Then local politicians spoke up and Exxon reversed course.
MAYFLOWER, Ark.—ExxonMobil did an about-face in Arkansas last week after local politicians...
Jul 29, 2013 | Read More
Dilbit disaster cleanup in Michigan
Once black with oil, the Kalamazoo River runs clear now. But EPA orders dredging and says it will be years before the spill's long-term effects are known.
The Kalamazoo River near Marshall, Mich. is a place of serenity these days. It ripples lazily past...
Jul 25, 2013 | Read More
It has been three years since an oil pipeline owned by Enbridge Inc. ruptured near Marshall, Mich....
Jul 25, 2013 | Read More
Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel
An innovative national-local collaboration to investigate the Exxon oil spill in Mayflower, Ark., raises more than $25,000 in about three weeks.
BROOKLYN, N.Y.—InsideClimate News and the Arkansas Times reached the fundraising target for their...
Jul 22, 2013 | Read More
Cash-strapped communities say they need Keystone tax revenue for health care and roads, while opponents argue the money will quickly disappear.
Tucked into letters the State Department has received from people seeking to influence its review...
Jul 17, 2013 | Read More
Tar ball on the edge of a cove in Mayflower, Ark. in the wake of Exxon's Pegasus
Reports that would reveal whether Exxon properly maintained its Pegasus pipeline are being kept from the public. The data has national ramifications.
The 1940s-era construction process that ExxonMobil said caused an oil pipe to rupture in Arkansas...
Jul 16, 2013 | Read More
Oil spill cleanup in the cove area of Lake Conway
Levels of manganese, a neurotoxin, in the cove and in a nearby creek were 10, 20 or nearly 30 times above the EPA's safety standard for tap water.
When a broken pipeline spills oil into a residential neighborhood, the most immediate health...
Jul 15, 2013 | Read More
Ted Steyer
Obama's biggest supporters are busy helping him pursue his climate agenda. One billionaire is creating pressure and space for him to reject Keystone.
As President Obama begins the gargantuan task of selling his climate agenda to the American people...
Jul 10, 2013 | Read More
Enbridge construction of new 6B pipeline
Regulators and landowners say Enbridge violated their trust by not reporting a geyser of oily water that had spewed from a damaged pipe into a creek.
An oil pipeline being built across the southern part of Michigan is drawing new scrutiny from state...
Jul 9, 2013 | Read More