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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.
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
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