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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.
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
Map of new and expanded Enbridge oil pipelines
Canadian energy giant Enbridge is quietly building a 5,000-mile network of new and expanded pipelines that would achieve the same goal as the Keystone.
While all eyes are on TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline, another Canadian company is quietly...
Jun 3, 2013 | Read More
Kayaks on the Kalamazoo River
Tests are being conducted to determine whether some of the oil that remains in the Kalamazoo River has been pushed into previously uncontaminated areas.
Heavy rain that pushed the Kalamazoo River over its banks last month is being factored into the...
May 29, 2013 | Read More
Sec. of State John Kerry
As EPA begins posting public comments on the Keystone XL, individual voices emerge. Meet Stu Luttich, who talks about 'aboriginal prairie sod.'
WASHINGTON – Stu Luttich of Geneva, Neb. is just one of the thousands of ordinary Americans who sat...
May 28, 2013 | Read More
Rep. Nick Rahall (D-WV)
House Republicans push through another bill to speed the Keystone project, but with far less bipartisan support.
WASHINGTON – Republicans in the House of Representatives pushed through a bill on Wednesday that...
May 23, 2013 | Read More
Keystone protests
Green groups turn away from the political tactics that failed them in the 2009 climate policy fight and join activists voicing opposition in the streets.
As decision day nears on the Keystone XL oil pipeline, the environmental movement looks different...
May 23, 2013 | Read More
On May 20, 2013, InsideClimate News publisher David Sassoon appeared on the Colbert Report to...
May 21, 2013 | Read More
President Barack Obama speaks at the site of the southern leg of the Keystone XL
U.S. oil production is suddenly booming. Question now is, will Obama say yes to the Canadian tar sands being part of this fossil fuel revival?
U.S. oil production is suddenly growing so fast that some analysts are questioning how much the...
May 21, 2013 | Read More
Cleaned area at Exxon pipeline spill in Arkansas
The company has yet to release results of a sophisticated test of the 65-year-old pipeline's interior, conducted in February.
Almost two months after a ruptured pipeline sent at least 210,000 gallons of oil flowing through a...
May 20, 2013 | Read More
Christy Clark, Premier of British Columbia.
Anti-pipeline candidate ahead in the polls loses British Columbia election, but pipeline projects still face hurdles.
Environmentalists suffered a setback on Tuesday when British Columbia re-elected a premier who left...
May 16, 2013 | Read More