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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.
Tar ball on the edge of a cove in Mayflower, Ark. in the wake of Exxon's Pegasus
Reports that would reveal whether Exxon properly maintained its Pegasus pipeline are being kept from the public. The data has national ramifications.
The 1940s-era construction process that ExxonMobil said caused an oil pipe to rupture in Arkansas...
Jul 16, 2013 | Read More
Oil spill cleanup in the cove area of Lake Conway
Levels of manganese, a neurotoxin, in the cove and in a nearby creek were 10, 20 or nearly 30 times above the EPA's safety standard for tap water.
When a broken pipeline spills oil into a residential neighborhood, the most immediate health...
Jul 15, 2013 | Read More
Ted Steyer
Obama's biggest supporters are busy helping him pursue his climate agenda. One billionaire is creating pressure and space for him to reject Keystone.
As President Obama begins the gargantuan task of selling his climate agenda to the American people...
Jul 10, 2013 | Read More
Enbridge construction of new 6B pipeline
Regulators and landowners say Enbridge violated their trust by not reporting a geyser of oily water that had spewed from a damaged pipe into a creek.
An oil pipeline being built across the southern part of Michigan is drawing new scrutiny from state...
Jul 9, 2013 | Read More
Mayflower, Ark. oil spill cleanup
One infant, coughing and wheezing, was first treated with asthma medication, then with antibiotics for a severe respiratory infection.
When Diane Wilson complained of headaches and coughs after an oil pipeline ruptured in Mayflower,...
Jul 3, 2013 | Read More
Gas prices no longer follow the cost of oil
Refiners are keeping windfall profits from flood of tar sands oil for themselves, undermining a key national interest argument in favor of the Keystone XL.
For nearly two years, refineries in the Midwest have been buying crude oil at steep discounts...
Jul 1, 2013 | Read More
President Barack Obama delivers climate speech
As the media tries to make sense of Obama's obscure remarks on Keystone, the president becomes both an opponent and supporter of the project.
In a long-awaited, 50-minute speech Tuesday President Obama made clear what his plans are for...
Jun 27, 2013 | Read More
Spilled oil in a creek in Mayflower, Ark.
Tar sands oil poses no greater risk to pipelines, study says, but is mum on question of its relative danger to humans and the environment when spilled.
Diluted bitumen, a controversial form of heavy Canadian oil, poses no more risks to pipelines than...
Jun 26, 2013 | Read More
Marines build a solar panel.
The report, released quietly this month, says climate change is a bigger national security threat than the country's dependence on foreign oil.
WASHINGTON—A new report from the U.S. Center for Naval Analyses and the London-based Royal United...
Jun 24, 2013 | Read More
InsideClimate News has launched a campaign to raise funds for a cutting-edge national-local...
Jun 24, 2013 | Read More