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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.
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
Stream near the site of ExxonMobil's Arkansas spill in the town of Mayflower.
The suit that state and federal officials recently filed could signal they are especially upset with Exxon's conduct. It could also be politics as usual.
The lawsuit that state and federal officials in Arkansas filed last week against ExxonMobil is...
Jun 19, 2013 | Read More
There are no clear federal guidelines for chemical exposure at oil spills, and no studies to understand the long term dangers to human health.
Since 2010, at least three ruptured pipelines have spilled oil into U.S. neighborhoods, forcing...
Jun 18, 2013 | Read More
Landowner David Whitley stands next to Keystone XL repair site.
Dozens of "anomalies" — dents and welds — in need of repair on southern leg of Keystone XL thrusts controversial pipeline in the spotlight again.
A Canadian company is repairing dozens of defects along the newly laid southern leg of the Keystone...
Jun 5, 2013 | Read More
James Hansen at Keystone protest
Letter from leading scientists is one of the more striking criticisms of the pipeline to emerge from a docket of more than one million public comments.
WASHINGTON—Dozens of leading scientists in the fields of climate change, public health and ecology...
Jun 4, 2013 | Read More