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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.
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
The broken pipe snakes through a crucial Ark. watershed where there's only one shut-off valve for the line, a fact that is making state officials nervous.
This is Part 2 of a series looking at the people and scenery along the route of ExxonMobil’s...
Sep 4, 2013 | Read More
Conway resident Megan Brown with a Pegasus map.
The burst pipeline runs through a golf course, a berry farm, a daycare center, rivers. People along the route wonder, What if it had happened to us?
This is Part 1 of a series looking at the people and scenery along the route of ExxonMobil’s...
Sep 3, 2013 | Read More
Pegasus pipeline cleanup
So far about 2,000 barrels of oil have been recovered in Arkansas. The actual amount of spilled oil is far more than that, but may never be figured out.
MAYFLOWER, Ark.—Homeowners whose lives are still in limbo after thousands of gallons of oil...
Aug 21, 2013 | Read More
PHMSA has released ExxonMobil's spill response plan for the ruptured Pegasus pipeline—but most of the crucial elements have been completely redacted.
Federal regulators have released ExxonMobil's 2013 emergency response plan for the pipeline that...
Aug 20, 2013 | Read More
Connie Hedegaard
'Any move he makes will be carefully analyzed by the European Union and China to see what it says about his willingness to fight hard on climate change.'
The Keystone XL tar sands pipeline has become a top priority for environmental groups and some...
Aug 15, 2013 | Read More