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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.

"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 from the...
08/08/2013 | 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...
08/07/2013 | Read More
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...
08/04/2013 | Read More
Some homeowners were told Exxon would end payments for temporary housing on Aug. 31. Then local politicians spoke up and Exxon reversed course.
MAYFLOWER, Ark.—ExxonMobil did an about-face in Arkansas last week after local politicians...
07/29/2013 | Read More
Once black with oil, the Kalamazoo River runs clear now. But EPA orders dredging and says it will be years before the spill's long-term effects are known.
The Kalamazoo River near Marshall, Mich. is a place of serenity these days. It ripples lazily past...
07/25/2013 | Read More
An innovative national-local collaboration to investigate the Exxon oil spill in Mayflower, Ark., raises more than $25,000 in about three weeks.
BROOKLYN, N.Y.—InsideClimate News and the Arkansas Times reached the fundraising target for their...
07/22/2013 | Read More
Cash-strapped communities say they need Keystone tax revenue for health care and roads, while opponents argue the money will quickly disappear.
Tucked into letters the State Department has received from people seeking to influence its review...
07/17/2013 | Read More
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...
07/16/2013 | Read More
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...
07/15/2013 | Read More
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...
07/10/2013 | Read More

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