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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.
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
Jimmie Joe Johnson, Arkansas oil spill
Firefighters and public works employees used dump trucks and backhoes to dam a sudden river of crude flowing toward the lake. Did oil still seep through?
MAYFLOWER, Ark.—Anything for his treasured fishing hole. That was the mantra cycling through Jimmy...
Aug 14, 2013 | Read More

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