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Tar Sands

Tar Sands and Soda? Launching the Future Fleet Campaign

Michael Marx | Posted 07.16.2013 | Green
Michael Marx

The Sierra Club is joining and expanding this successful effort to convince even more companies to get on board and go even further to reduce their oil consumption altogether. To date, the climate movement has largely given large corporate oil consumers a free pass. Those days are over.

Faulkner County: ExxonMobil's "Sacrifice Zone" for Tar Sands Pipelines, Fracking

Steve Horn | Posted 07.15.2013 | Green
Steve Horn

Dozens of fracking waste injection-caused earthquakes have occurred in Faulkner County, with 12 small quakes in a five-day period back in October 2010, another ten quakes in a single day in November 2010 and a sizeable 4.7 magnitude quake shaking things up in February 2011.

Norway, Canada, the United States and the Tar Sands

Dr. James Hansen | Posted 07.10.2013 | Green
Dr. James Hansen

If infrastructure, such as the Keystone XL pipeline, is built to transport tar sands, ways will be developed to extract more and more. When full accounting is done of emissions from tar sands oil, its use is equivalent to burning coal to power your automobile.

Digging Into TransCanada's Lobbying History

Steve Horn | Posted 07.02.2013 | Green
Steve Horn

TransCanada, the multinational corporation hoping to build the controversial northern half of the Keystone XL pipeline, spent over $280,000 on lobbying the U.S. government in the first quarter (Q1) of 2013, according to lobbying disclosure records.

Study: 30 Toxic Chemicals, Some Carcinogens, at High Levels at Exxon Arkansas Tar Sands Pipeline Spill Site

Steve Horn | Posted 07.01.2013 | Green
Steve Horn

Questions include what exactly caused the spill, how big was the spill exactly, and how long did it take for emergency responders to react to the spill, to name a few. But one thing is certain according to the new study: For the residents of Mayflower, quality of life has been changed forever.

Lynne Peeples

A Line In The Oil Sands: 'By Gosh, Isn't Our Health Worth More Than Any Damn OIl?'

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 05.01.2013 | Green

Raymond Ladouceur remembers when he could dip a cup into the Athabasca River for a drink. He remembers when the trout and muskrats were plentiful -- a...

Let Us Count the Many Ways Joe Nocera Is Wrong on Keystone XL

Daniel Kessler | Posted 04.26.2013 | Green
Daniel Kessler

The only way to do that is to drop Big Oil and petro states once and for all. And the only way to do that is to get serious about green energy which Nocera treats like a punch line. I wonder if they are laughing in Iowa now that they are getting 25 percent of their electricity from wind?

Earth Day vs. Tar Sands

Michael Brune | Posted 06.22.2013 | Green
Michael Brune

If you love the Earth, you need to know some things about tar sands crude -- starting with how it would affect the climate of this wonderful planet we all share. Actually, "affect" is probably the wrong word. We're talking wholesale destruction.

Earth Day 2013: Say No to KXL Tar Sands Pipeline

Frances Beinecke | Posted 06.22.2013 | Green
Frances Beinecke

It's not in our national interest. It's a profit scheme for big oil. It would feed our addiction to fossil fuels, accelerate climate change and put our heartland farmers, ranchers and communities at risk. It needs to be denied.

A River of Tar Sands Crude Floods an Arkansas Town

Rocky Kistner | Posted 06.19.2013 | Green
Rocky Kistner

What caused the disaster in Mayflower is under investigation, and it's unknown how long Exxon's Pegasus pipeline will be shut down. It's also unclear how long cleanup operations will take. Some locals fear the impacts will be long term.

Lynne Peeples

Tribes Fight Keystone XL 'Black Snake'

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 05.01.2013 | Green

Debra White Plume and Marie Brush Breaker Randall stood in the middle of Highway 44, alongside more than 70 other members of the Oglala Lakota Nation....

Do the Math Documentary Premieres on Earth Night, April 21

Jamie Henn | Posted 04.17.2013 | Green
Jamie Henn

Now, our team here at 350.org is hoping to spark a new wave of not just concern, but action, with a new documentary called Do the Math about the growing movement to take on the fossil fuel industry.

Oops, Inc.: Firm With History of Cover-ups Hired to Clean up Arkansas Tar Sands Spill

Steve Horn | Posted 06.15.2013 | Green
Steve Horn

O'Brien's has had its hands in the botched clean-up efforts of almost every high-profile oil spill disaster in recent U.S. history, including the Exxon Valdez spill, the BP Deepwater Horizon spill, the Enbridge tar sands pipeline spill into the Kalamazoo River, and Hurricane Sandy.

Arkansas Oil Spill: "I Just Feel So Helpless"

Maya Lemon | Posted 04.11.2013 | Green
Maya Lemon

A thunderstorm is supposed to hit Mayflower with up to 1.7 inches of rain. The lakes and streams will flood and the land will be washed over, not with life giving spring rain but with tar sands oil. I am scared for my friends and for a place that for four years was my home.

Rep. Lynch Backpedaling on His Support for the Keystone XL Pipeline

Jamie Henn | Posted 06.11.2013 | Politics
Jamie Henn

Lynch is running against Rep. Ed Markey in the Democratic primary for John Kerry's old Senate seat in Massachusetts. With no serious Republican candidate in the race, the primary will likely determine the election.

ExxonMobil's Mayflower Mess

Michael Brune | Posted 06.10.2013 | Green
Michael Brune

No wonder ExxonMobil is doing everything it can to keep reporters and everyone else as far away from the Mayflower disaster as possible. The more the American public learns about the real cost of tar sands crude, the more opposition to the Keystone XL will increase.

Lynne Peeples

Arkansas Residents Complain Oil Spill Making Them Sick

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 04.10.2013 | Green

Sherry Appleman awoke abruptly in the middle of the night less than 48 hours after a pipeline rupture last month sent thousands of barrels of heavy cr...

Ties That Bind: Ernest Moniz, Keystone XL Contractor, American Petroleum Institute and Fracked Gas

Steve Horn | Posted 06.09.2013 | Green
Steve Horn

In other words, the gas industry isn't joking about its desires to export shale gas to the global market, despite paying homage to the necessity to frack for "national security" and domestic energy purposes.

Tar Sands Raw Deal: Arkansas Spill Is Another Reason to Say 'No' to Tar Sands Pipeline

Robert Redford | Posted 06.08.2013 | Green
Robert Redford

Tar sands expansion rewards the oil industry while putting us all at risk of oil spills and climate change. That's a raw deal by any calculation.

The Gas Bubble

J Henry Fair | Posted 06.05.2013 | Green
J Henry Fair

To understand the hydro-fracking bubble, there are some things one must know: each well only produces a little gas, reserves were significantly overstated at the beginning of the game, and most important: Wall Street is very invested and wants its money out.

Keystone Pipeline: Environmental Impact Statement Revisited

Bill Chameides | Posted 06.04.2013 | Green
Bill Chameides

Officials at TransCanada insist that their proposed Keystone XL pipeline is environmentally safe. Current events suggest otherwise.

Did the Exxon Spill in Mayflower Just Sink Keystone XL?

Jamie Henn | Posted 06.04.2013 | Green
Jamie Henn

If President Obama rejects the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline, Big Oil executives are likely to look back at last weekend's tar sands spill in Mayflower, Arkansas as a key reason for their defeat.

Exxon Running No-Fly Zone Over Arkansas Tar Sands Spill

Steve Horn | Posted 06.04.2013 | Green
Steve Horn

When will news media be allowed back into the designated no fly zone area? That portion of the question was either never asked by Dow Jones or never answered by Lunsford.

State Dept. Keystone XL Contractor ERM Also Green-lighted Explosive, Faulty Peruvian Pipeline Project

Steve Horn | Posted 06.03.2013 | Green
Steve Horn

Throughout its history, ERM has proven instrumental in the fossil fuel industry's deployment of the "Tobacco Playbook," magically transforming one-sided scientific debates like climate change and ecological impacts of extreme pipeline proposals into faux two-sided disputes.

Tar Sands: A Matter of Time

Michael Brune | Posted 06.03.2013 | Green
Michael Brune

Tragic as the disaster in Arkansas is, it could have been much worse. If the Keystone XL is built, it's a certainty that someday, somewhere, even more devastating spills will happen. It's only a matter of time.