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Tar Sands/Oil Sands

The 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.

It could be 2018 before officials are able to assess the environmental damage done to the Kalamazoo River from Enbridge's 2010 pipeline spill.
Little evidence remains of the chaotic scramble to stop the massive oil spill that fouled Michigan'...
12/23/2013 | Read More
Canadian panel approves Enbridge's tar sands pipeline to Pacific Coast. If the project goes ahead, it could have ramifications for the Keystone XL.
WASHINGTON—An independent Canadian federal panel on Thursday approved Enbridge's proposal to build...
12/19/2013 | Read More
In 2040, domestic crude oil output will still be higher than it is today. Will the country's shifting energy picture affect Keystone XL's prospects?
WASHINGTON—The U.S. Energy Department has sharply cut its forecast for crude oil imports in the...
12/17/2013 | Read More
'Oil extraction from tar sands is polluting, destructive, expensive, and energy intensive,' John Podesta said in a speech in 2010.
WASHINGTON—By asking John Podesta to come to the White House as a special counselor at a time of...
12/10/2013 | Read More
Industry consultants said anti-tar sands push could become 'the most significant environmental campaign of the decade' if activists were left unopposed.
As environmentalists began ratcheting up pressure against Canada's tar sands three years ago, one...
12/05/2013 | Read More
The tool, which can assess how companies might fare in the carbon-constrained economy, is now on the desks of the world's most influential investors.
In a move that underscores Wall Street's growing unease over the business-as-usual strategy of the...
12/03/2013 | Read More
After being caught on video allowing oily water to flow into a creek while it was testing its 6B pipeline, Enbridge seen agreeing to deal with officials.
Michigan environmental officials are drafting a settlement with Canadian pipeline operator Enbridge...
12/02/2013 | Read More
Fears for the future: About one in four people in Arkansas counts on drinking water from a source that is crossed by Exxon's burst Pegasus pipeline.
On March 29, 2013, ExxonMobil's 850-mile Pegasus oil pipeline split open and spilled 210,000...
11/26/2013 | Read More
'It's too late for anything to happen. It's too late for us. We want them to get this mess cleaned up and get it cleaned up right.'
On March 29, 2013, an ExxonMobil oil pipeline that runs under a tiny residential neighborhood in...
11/25/2013 | Read More
Half the families in the 62-home subdivision that bore the brunt of Exxon's spill are leaving their homes in search of a fresh start they never wanted.
American property owners battling to stop energy companies from snaking oil pipelines across their...
11/25/2013 | Read More