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A Changing Climate and Keystone XL — Yes They’re Connected

1/31/2013 // By Kendall Mackey

Are you familiar with tar sands oil? It’s the black sheep of the oil family. It’s extremely difficult to get out of the ground (using three times as much water as extraction of crude), it produces lake sized reservoirs of toxic […] Read more >

Poll – Keystone XL Pummeled by Clean Energy

11/14/2012 // By Tony Iallonardo

National Wildlife Federation released results of a Zogby commissioned poll covering several climate and energy issues.  The poll, done just after the election, finds support for Keystone XL was dwarfed by voters’ desire for expanded renewable energy investments. Support for […] Read more >

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NWF Tells Fox News – Enbridge Pipeline Could Cause Terrible Spill

10/25/2012 // By Tony Iallonardo

When NASDAQ seemed to connect a temporary drop in shares of tar sands pipeline company Enbidge to a new report from NWF, it got the attention of Fox Business News’ Melissa Francis, whose program has an emphasis on energy issues.  […] Read more >

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Investors Demand Environmental Improvements from Tar Sands Industry

10/23/2012 // By Kendall Mackey

Tar sands is a risky business—it is one of the dirtiest fuels on the planet. Just this week, a group of 49 investors with $2 trillion in assets called on Canadian oil sands developers to dramatically reduce the environmental risks associated with […] Read more >

Conservation groups and now the Canadian government are expressing concern that TransCanada lacks a safety culture.  The same lapses resulted in numerous incidents by their competitor Enbridge, including the deadly explosion pictured above.

Original Keystone Pipeline Shuts Down, Safety a Concern

10/18/2012 // By Tony Iallonardo

Today, TransCanada, the energy giant proposing to build the controversial Keystone XL tar sands pipeline announced it is shutting the original Keystone pipeline it operates. They say the line will be shut for three days due to an undisclosed “anomaly.”   The […] Read more >

Exxon’s Stealth Moves to Run Tar Sands into New England

10/9/2012 // By Tony Iallonardo

We’ve written before about Big Oil’s new playbook on tar sands: using stealth tactics to make it harder for the public to figure out what dangerous projects they have in mind and trying to pull one over on the public. Bearing locally-based […] Read more >

Enbridge Earns Rare Slap From Regulators

8/3/2012 // By Tony Iallonardo

On Thursday, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued a rarely used corrective action order (CAO) to Enbridge, owner of the Lakehead pipeline system. This order is in response to yet another pipeline disaster, which dumped over 50,000 […] Read more >

Tar Sands in New England Clears Another Hurdle

7/30/2012 // By Tony Iallonardo

Late last week, the Canadian National Energy Board approved a major step in a thinly-veiled effort to bring tar sands through New England for export out of South Portland, Maine. The Board approved the partial reversal of Line 9 from Sarnia, […] Read more >

An oiled heron was among the wildlife victims of Enbridge's massive 2010 tar sands spill into the Kalamazoo River.  Image from howtobearesponsiblesteward.blogspot.com

Enbridge Spills Again. Is it Tar Sands?

7/28/2012 // By Tony Iallonardo

  Enbridge, the company that spilled a million gallons of tar sands oil into the Kalamazoo River two years ago this week, and that the National Transportation Safety Board likened to the “Keystone Kops” of pipeline safety, has reportedly just spilled another […] Read more >

Tar Sands Giants Sneaky New Playbook Revealed

7/6/2012 // By Tony Iallonardo

Polluters seem to have drawn the wrong lesson from the Keystone XL controversy. Rather than temper the headlong rush to exploit tar sands, they’re getting sneakier. The tactics: gut environmental and public review while breaking up their grandiose proposals into smaller pieces to avoid detection. If they succeed, […] Read more >