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Kalamazoo River polluted with raw tar sands crude

Which Federal Agency is Keeping Its Head in the (Tar) Sands?

8/8/2013 // By Guest Author

The following is a guest post from Jeffrey Insko, who lives along the Enbridge Line 6B pipeline route in Groveland Township, Michigan with his wife Katy and dog Sam. He is an Associate Professor of English at Oakland University and […] Read more >

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State Department’s Keystone XL Review Goes from Bad to Worse

8/6/2013 // By Jim Murphy

The news for the Keystone XL pipeline just keeps getting worse.  Last week, further information came out regarding an apparent cover-up of a conflict of interest that undermines the credibility of the State Department’s environmental review of the pipeline. Rather […] Read more >

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New Report: Keystone XL Would Drain Cash from American Families

7/16/2013 // By Miles Grant

It turns out Canadian tar sands companies and American conservationists agree on something: The Keystone XL tar sands pipeline would significantly raise America’s gas prices. A new report from Consumer Watchdog predicts building Keystone XL would raise prices at the […] Read more >

Over 400 people, from all walks of life, rally to demand that lawmakers require that Enbridge replace a 60 year old tar sands pipeline at the Straits of Mackinac and to never allow tar sands to flow through the Great Lakes.

A Rally for the Great Lakes! Enbridge Straits of Mackinac Pipelines Post Extreme Risk to Great Lakes

7/15/2013 // By Beth Wallace

More than 400 people rallied on Sunday in St. Ignace, Mich., to urge the state’s public officials to protect the Great Lakes from a potential oil spill disaster. The National Wildlife Federation joined conservation, tribal and citizens organizations in asking […] 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 >

Shell’s Oil Sands Project will Devastate Habitats, but Canada Says OK

7/12/2013 // By Jim Murphy

Once revered as a leading environmental steward, Canada now seems all too willing to cave to the tar sands industry like the petrostate it seems to be veering towards becoming. This sad new reality for our Northerly neighbor was illustrated […] Read more >

Clayton Thomas-Muller, one of the main organizers, gathers the marchers. Photo copyright Alexis Bonogofsky

You Can Help Heal the Tar Sands By Stopping the Keystone XL Pipeline

7/11/2013 // By Alexis Bonogofsky

Last week, I was fortunate enough to join more than 500 people from the First Nations, Canada and the United States to walk 14 kilometers through Canada’s tar sands mining operations in the fourth annual Tar Sands Healing Walk. I […] Read more >

Enbridge's Line 5 pipeline runs under the straits of Mackinac.  Photo: MDOT

Starting a Movement in the Great Lakes

7/9/2013 // By Jennifer Janssen

In 2010, the largest and costliest oil spill in our nation’s history tore into the Kalamazoo River and its wetlands. An oil pipeline owned and operated by Enbridge Energy, the Canadian tar sands pipeline giant responsible for more than 800 […] Read more >

Tar Sands, Alberta (flickr/Howl Arts Collective)

Study on the Safety of Transporting Tar Sands Oil Avoids the Tough Questions

7/1/2013 // By Jim Murphy

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) commissioned the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) to perform a study on tar sand oil. The study concluded that tar sands oil (moved as a substance called diluted bitumen) and heavy crude […] Read more >

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Tar Sands Study Falls Short

6/26/2013 // By Carol Oldham

A study was released from the National Academy of Sciences this week about tar sands and pipelines. It is massive (more than 1,000 pages!) and filled with scientific jargon and acronyms, so we thought you might like to know what […] Read more >