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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.

Based on industry studies and ExxonMobil's own records for the Pegasus pipeline, the oil company knew or should have known the following six facts that help explain what went wrong in this year's...

Aug 13, 2013 | Read More
Industry experts say vulnerable pipelines like the one that failed in Arkansas can operate safely—but only if they're carefully monitored and maintained.
Since at least 2006, ExxonMobil has known that its 1940s-era Pegasus pipeline had many...
Aug 12, 2013 | Read More
"There was a real good sense of community in Mayflower before all this happened," said one resident. "And now it's like everybody picked a side."
Part 2 of a two-part series on the residents of Mayflower, Ark., who live a short distance...
Aug 8, 2013 | Read More
People who live close to the ruptured Pegasus pipeline say they weren't told of health risks and have been ignored by Exxon and government officials.
Part 1 of a two-part series on the residents of Mayflower, Ark., who live just a short distance...
Aug 7, 2013 | Read More
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