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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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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

Tar sands expansion cools down without Keystone XL

Posted June 30, 2014 by Anthony Swift in Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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A series of recent industry announcements is pouring cold water on the argument that tar sands development will happen at the same pace and scale with or without major infrastructure projects like Keystone XL. In recent months, two major tar...continued

Nature article: Tar sands pipelines have global impacts and now is the time to improve how we review them

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

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Eight leading scientists and economists in Canada and the United States have just published an opinion article in Nature magazine that says tar sands pipelines have global impacts but the process to consider them is broken. They provide one more...continued

Canada Approves Northern Gateway Tar Sands Pipeline, But This Doesn't Mean It Will Be Built

Posted June 17, 2014 by Elizabeth Shope in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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Today, the Canadian Federal Government approved Enbridge’s proposed Northern Gateway tar sands pipeline, kicking off a provincial decision-making process about the pipeline that will likely result in rejection of this risky project. The pipeline would carry 525,000 barrels per day...continued

High costs of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline outweigh paltry benefits

Posted June 16, 2014 by Anthony Swift in Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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As the Senate considers yet another pro-Keystone XL measure, the case for the embattled Keystone XL tar sands pipeline has never been weaker. In recent weeks, a myriad of industry reports have shown that tar sands expansion is slowing...continued

The Northern Gateway Tar Sands Pipeline Will Never Be Built

Posted June 6, 2014 by Elizabeth Shope in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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Rumor has it that Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper may make a decision about the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway tar sands pipeline on Monday. But whatever his decision, there is little chance this pipeline will be built, in large part...continued

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