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Five Things to Know about the Tar Sands Threat to American Birds

6/9/2014 // By Roger Di Silvestro

Tar sands—a mixture of sand, clay and water from which a dense and extremely viscous form of petroleum, called bitumen, can be extracted—underlie more than 54,000 square miles of northeastern Alberta, Canada. Roughly the size of Florida, this area marks […] Read more >

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Tar Sands Exposed Tour Shows Human, Environmental Cost of Dirty Fuel

1/28/2014 // By Jim Murphy

The contrast of images is stark, startling.  Scenes of majestic beauty untouched by the hands of people and scraped earth scraped made toxic and lifeless.  Images of the earth’s bounty; images of greed. Such are the images and stories of […] Read more >

Alberta places wildlife at further risk with tar sands wetlands exemption

9/12/2013 // By Jim Murphy

The continuing wildlife crisis in Canada’s boreal forest just got worst as the Alberta government, after 8 years of delays, released a wetlands policy that gives 195 destructive tar sands mining and drilling projects a pass on having to comply […] Read more >

Stir and sniff tar sands in the Oil Sands Discovery Centre in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada. Photo by Alexis Bonogofsky

Scratch and Sniff Tar Sands

7/12/2013 // By Alexis Bonogofsky

When I walked into the Oil Sands Discovery Centre a day after participating in the Tar Sands Healing Walk in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada, the first thing I noticed was a clear dome on a stand, just tall enough for […] Read more >

(Graphic courtesy of Communicopia)

Need to Avoid Oil Spill Danger? Draw Your Own Fake Map!

8/16/2012 // By Peter LaFontaine

A major oil industry player is in hot water again, this time for an advertisement that appears to re-write the geography books. Enbridge Incorporated, which is at the center of intense debates in both Canada and the US over its […] Read more >

A Great Blue Heron caught in Enbridge's Kalamazoo River oil spill (photo: Michigan Department of Environmental Quality)

Enbridge, Inc.: Spilling Oil All The Way To The Bank

6/20/2012 // By Peter LaFontaine

A third major oil spill in a month has Alberta’s citizens on edge. Could these accidents be in store for New England next? Read more >

Oil coats a fish killed by a recent pipeline rupture in northwest Alberta (photo: Mike Hudema)

Another Major Oil Spill in Alberta: Regrets, Pollution, and Big Money Collide Again

6/13/2012 // By Peter LaFontaine

There’s a point when accidents start getting so routine that they stop being “accidents” and become something else entirely. A second major oil spill in Alberta has put communities and wildlife at risk, but the calls for dangerous tar sands pipelines remain as strong as ever. Read more >

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Alberta Oil Spill: 924,000 Gallons and Rising

5/31/2012 // By Peter LaFontaine

A major oil pipeline spill in Alberta, Canada has dealt another painful blow in the fight against reckless development. Read more >

Dogs Among Latest Victims of Tar Sands Poison

4/27/2012 // By Felice Stadler

One day last February, a man opened the front door of his cabin in Alberta, Canada, to find his dog looking quite ill. Seeing that two of his other dogs were missing, he headed out to track them down. Sadly, […] Read more >

Gray wolves are a keystone species in the northern ecosystem (photo: flickr/YankeeNovember3)

Wildlife in Peril: Nine Species in the Tar Sands War Zone

4/9/2012 // By Peter LaFontaine

Canada’s boreal forest is one of the last intact ecosystems on earth — but the fate of its wildlife is in doubt, thanks to the oil industry. Learn more about these remarkable animals, and find out how you can help protect them. Read more >

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