TAG: Tar sands

Fight Against Pipeline

Fight Against Keystone Pipeline

Last fall, President Obama delayed the northern portion of the Keystone XL pipeline project. A┬áproject that would transport carbon-intensive crude tar sands from Canadian strip mines to refineries in Texas. Environmental groups strongly supported the delay, and are now finding themselves forced to band together again to encourage the president to stop the pipeline altogether in his second term. However, these environmental groups may have found a new ally in the fight against the Keystone XL pipeline, and it comes as a slight surprise. Zogby Analytics, a polling group, just conducted a survey showing very strong support for renewable energy… read more

Tarring and Caring

Tar sands extraction

On October 24th, the Utah Water Quality Board (UWQB) approved the first ever tar sands mine on U.S. soil, giving a permit to U.S. Oil Sands, a company which specializes in tar sand mining, and despite its name, has its headquarters based in Alberta, Canada. Incidentally, Alberta has been a hotspot for tar sand development and extraction, so it comes as no surprise a company from Alberta is involved in the U.S. tar sands industry and activities. The tar sands industry has made quite the name for itself in Alberta, wreaking havoc on the environment and people in surrounding areas…. read more