TAG: tar sands

As Keystone XL Dominoes Fall, Time to Arrest Tar Sands Industry

Tom Weis, EcoWatch Waking Times We’ve got this. Thanks to the courageous and indefatigable efforts of pipeline fighters everywhere, the tide has finally turned on Keystone XL. As it becomes increasingly clear that Keystone XL’s northern leg is not going through, it is time to set our sights on ending all tar sands exploitation. The Obama administration’s latest

Canadian Company Called U.S. Oil Sands Will Soon Start Extracting Utah’s Tar Sands

Anne Landman, DeSmogBlog Waking Times Think only Canadians need to worry about tar sands extraction? Think again. In October, U.S. Oil Sands, Inc. joined Kentucky-based Arrakis Oil Recovery as the second company to receive a permit to produce U.S. tar sands. The Utah Water Quality Board gave U.S. Oil Sands a permit to extract 2,000 barrels of oil per day from

Tar Sands’ Next Frontier: Shipments on the Great Lakes

Steve Horn, DeSmogBlog Waking Times The Great Lakes, drinking water source for over 40 million North Americans, could be the next target on tar sands marketers’ bullseye according to a major new report out by the Chicago-based Alliance for the Great Lakes. The 24-page report, “Oil and Water: Tar Sands Crude Shipping Meets the Great Lakes?” unpacks a new looming threat

How the West Was Lost… Tar Sands Oil Catastrophe Coming to Utah

Dylan Charles, Editor Waking Times The iconic landscapes of Utah and the American West are among the most breath-taking natural landscapes on planet earth, home to abundant wildlife and a source of life and inspiration for many people. In the Northwest Territories of Canada’s wilderness, over 50 years of oil shale mining have turned enormous

US Tar Sands Operations Challenged By Grassroots Opposition

Laurel Whitney, DeSmogBlog Waking Times While many environmental advocates urge consumers to buy local, in this case, local isn’t always better. While the Canadian tar sands are more notorious, developments here in the US are moving forward as local governments issue more permits to allow companies to start mining. More than half of the U.S.

Opposition Escalates Over Faulty Southern Leg of Keystone XL Pipeline

Stefanie Spear, Guest Waking Times “Enough is enough,” said Michael Bishop during our phone conversation Saturday morning after he found out TransCanada and its vendor, Michels, are planning to dig up buried pipe, part of the 485-mile southern segment of the Keystone XL pipeline, on his property in the east Texas rural community of Douglass. The representative

Is Houston, Texas a Tar Sands “Sacrifice Zone”?

Caroline Selle, DeSmogBlog Waking Times Much of the debate around the Keystone XL pipeline has focused on the dangers of extracting and transporting the tar sands. Left out, however, are those in the United States who are guaranteed to feel the impacts of increased tar sands usage. Spill or no spill, anyone living near a tar

10 Reasons Canada Needs to Rethink the Tar Sands

Kevin Grandia, DeSmogBlog Waking Times As a Canadian it blows my mind that we can have the second largest deposits of oil in the world, but our government remains billions in debt and one in seven Canadian children live in poverty. I feel like we are being played for fools here in Canada, because foreign owned

Citizen Group Finds 30 Toxic Chemicals in Air Following Tar Sands Oil Spill in Arkansas

Jeremy Hance, Mongabay Waking Times Independent air samples by locals have yielded “a soup of toxic chemicals” in Mayflower, Arkansas where an Exxon Mobil pipeline burst on March 29th spilling some 5,000 barrels of tar sands oil, known as bitumen. Chemicals detected included several linked to cancer, reproductive problems, and neurological impacts such as benzene

The Idle No More Movement – In Defense of the Earth for Future Generations

Gyasi Ross, Indian Country Today Waking Times Lately, Native people have taken to the streets malls in demonstrations of Public Indian-ness (“PI”) that surpasses the sheer volume of activism of even Alcatraz and the Longest Walk. There’s a heapum big amount of PI going on right now! Many people, non-Native and Native alike, are wondering what the heck is going with their

Toxic Tar Sands: Scientists Document Spread of Pollution, Water Contamination, Effects on Fish

Carol Linnitt, DeSmogBlog Waking Times  Today federal scientists from Environment Canada presented research at an international toxicology conference in the U.S. that indicates contaminants from the Alberta tar sands are polluting the landscape on a scale much larger than previously thought. A team lead by federal scientist Jane Kirk discovered contaminants in lakes as far as 100 kilometers

Will the Moab Desert be Home to the First US Tar Sands Project?

Staff Writer Waking Times  The various Tar Sands projects in the wilds of Alberta, Canada make up the largest industrial project on the planet, producing synthetic crude oil by a process of extracting a tar like form of oil (bitumen) from sand and clay found in the earth. To extract the bitumen laced sand, the soil

Don’t Mess with Texas’ Tar Sands Blockade

Will Wooten, Waging Nonviolence Contributor Waking Times One year after more than 1,200 people were arrested in front of the White House during two weeks of sit-ins against the Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline, a coalition of Texas landowners and activists will attempt to physically halt its construction. Led by veteran climate justice organizers,

TransCanada’s Latest Extreme Energy Export Pipelines in the U.S. and Canada

Steve Horn, DeSmogBlog Waking Times TransCanada was once in the limelight and targeted for its Keystone XL pipeline project. Now, with few eyes watching, it is pushing along two key pipeline projects that would bring two respective forms of what energy geopolitics scholar Michael Klare calls “extreme energy” to lucrative export markets. Pipeline one: the southern segment of the originally proposed TransCanada Keystone XL tar sands pipeline,

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