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Feature: Keystone XL Pipeline

President Obama rejected the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, which would have transported toxic tar sands oil from under Canada’s Boreal forest, home to many North American songbirds populations, to oil refineries in Texas. The pipeline would increase the production on one of the dirtiest forms of oil and threaten rivers and communities all along its path. Tar sands oil is dirtier and more corrosive than conventional oil, and current regulations will not prevent leaks and spills.

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Neil Young, Willie Nelson and 8,000 in Nebraska Stand Up to the Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline

Posted September 27, 2014 by Susan Casey-Lefkowitz in Curbing Pollution, Moving Beyond Oil, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, Solving Global Warming

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Under a warm September sun, thousands spread out across the cornfield on the Tanderup family farm in Neligh, Nebraska. We sang along with Neil Young and Willie Nelson to honor the beautiful Nebraska farms and ranches, waters and traditional...continued

Citing pipeline constraints, Statoil postpones tar sands expansion project

Posted September 25, 2014 by Anthony Swift in Curbing Pollution, Moving Beyond Oil, U.S. Law and Policy

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The Norwegian oil company Statoil has announced it is postponing the development of its 40,000 barrel per day (bpd) Corner in situ tar sands project for at least three years due to rising costs and a lack of pipeline space....continued

Canada lags the United States on climate and clean energy

Posted September 18, 2014 by Anthony Swift in Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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As world leaders meet in New York for the United Nations Climate Summit next week, it is becoming all too clear how the paths taken by Canada and the United States have diverged in recent years. A backgrounder released by NRDC...continued

TransCanada is responsible for prolonged routing process for the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline

Posted September 5, 2014 by Anthony Swift in Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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On September 5th the Nebraska Supreme Court hears oral arguments in the state’s appeal of a ruling that found that the expedited process used by governor to approve the route for the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline was unconstitutional....continued

Huge Ponds Hold Tar Sands Sludge, And Great Risks

Posted August 25, 2014 by Danielle Droitsch in Moving Beyond Oil

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On August 4, 2014, the catastrophic failure of a mining company's dam in British Columbia, Canada, released over 2.5 billion gallons of contaminated water from a containment pond into the upper Faser River watershed. Only a few hundred miles east...continued

South Portland, Maine Hammers Nail into Coffin of Proposed Tar Sands Pipeline through New England

Posted July 22, 2014 by Elizabeth Shope in Curbing Pollution, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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Last night, the South Portland, Maine City Council approved the Clear Skies Ordinance in a 6-1 vote, thereby prohibiting the bulk loading of crude oil, including tar sands, onto tankers on the waterfront, as well as the construction of new...continued

Satellite images show tar sands extraction obliterating Boreal forest right before our eyes

Posted July 15, 2014 by Liz Barratt-Brown in Moving Beyond Oil

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Today, the Global Forest Watch program of the World Resources Institute (WRI) and Global Forest Watch Canada released maps of forest loss in the tar sands region of Alberta, in the heart of Canada’s Boreal forest.  These maps make very...continued

New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers Should Take Action Against Tar Sands

Posted July 11, 2014 by Elizabeth Shope in Curbing Pollution, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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From July 13-15, 2014, the Governors of the six New England states, and Premiers of the five Eastern Canada provinces will meet at their annual conference, which will be hosted this year by New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan, in Bretton...continued

Guest blog: Report on 9-month-long tar sands well blow out reveals systemic problems

Posted July 9, 2014 by Danielle Droitsch in Moving Beyond Oil

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This blog was drafted by Joshua Axelrod, NRDC legal consultant A recent report prepared for tar sands giant Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (CNRL) raises new questions about the safety of the industry’s drilling (or in situ) operations.  The new revelations cast...continued

Tar sands operations tainting local foods according to study

Posted July 7, 2014 by Danielle Droitsch in Health and the Environment, Moving Beyond Oil

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A new study released by two Alberta First Nations communities in partnership with the University of Manitoba reports that certain carcinogens released in tar sands operations are being found in high levels in local wildlife.  The study also reports a...continued

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