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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.
Rep. Tim Griffin
He wants a pipeline moved out of an Ark. watershed, but thinks a pipeline through the Ogallala aquifer is a good idea. The contradiction grates on critics.
Rep. Tim Griffin, a staunch supporter of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, recently asked...
May 9, 2013 | Read More
Air quality equipment at the site of Exxon's Arkansas Oil Spill
The Arkansas Department of Health says people with dizziness, nausea and headaches have the option to leave, and it is their personal choice.
For more than a month, residents of Mayflower, Ark. have been told not to worry about lingering...
May 8, 2013 | Read More
Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.)
Markey cites police reports, obtained by InsideClimate News, which reveal discrepancies and contradictions in Exxon's account of the pipeline spill.
Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) sent a letter to ExxonMobil Tuesday seeking clarification about the "...
May 7, 2013 | Read More
Oil spill cleanup along Talmadge Creek, June 2011.
A crucial number is removed, without explanation, from the EPA website that is tracking the cleanup of the 2010 dilbit spill Michigan’s Kalamazoo River.
A key piece of data related to the biggest tar sands oil spill in U.S. history has disappeared from...
May 6, 2013 | Read More
Clean-up workers at the site of Exxon's pipeline spill
Uprooted and anxious, Arkansans find themselves thrust into the debate about the Canadian oil that filled their streets and the safety of such pipelines.
It has been more than a month now, and Amber Bartlett has had enough of hotels and apartments and...
May 2, 2013 | Read More
Picture of the tear in ExxonMobil's Pegasus pipeline, Duncan Firm
When was the leak first detected, by whom, and how long had it been going on? Answers are crucial to the national debate over Keystone and pipeline safety.
One month after a 65-year-old ExxonMobil pipeline burst without warning and dumped Canadian tar...
Apr 29, 2013 | Read More
Under pressure, the department reverses itself and says it will provide online public access to comments on its controversial environmental review.
A State Department official confirmed that for the first time the department will make public all...
Apr 25, 2013 | Read More
Oil from Exxon's ruptured Pegasus pipeline
For now, two state agencies will little experience in dealing with major oil spills are in charge of surveying and counteracting the ecological damage.
Federal agencies have so far not decided whether to undertake an assessment of the ecological harm...
Apr 25, 2013 | Read More
The Canadian company calls the scope and tone of the agency’s comments on the pipeline that will bisect the U.S. heartland 'somewhat surprising.'
WASHINGTON—The Canadian builder of the Keystone XL pipeline has lashed out at the Environmental...
Apr 24, 2013 | Read More
Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel
Dustin McDaniel is on a mission to resolve the many unanswered questions about the March 29 pipeline rupture. 'The timeline is going to be very important.'
Since launching an investigation into the Mayflower, Ark. oil spill on April 2, state Attorney...
Apr 24, 2013 | Read More