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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.

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...
09/09/2013 | Read More
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...
09/04/2013 | 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...
09/04/2013 | 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...
09/04/2013 | Read More
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...
09/03/2013 | Read More
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...
08/21/2013 | 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...
08/20/2013 | Read More
'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...
08/15/2013 | Read More
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...
08/14/2013 | 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...
08/12/2013 | Read More

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