tar sands News

  • The dirty truth about tar sands

    John D. Podesta, President and CEO of the Center for American Progress delivered the keynote speech for Canada 2020"s ""Greening" The Oil Sands: Debunking the Myths and Confronting the Realities" conference held this week in Washington. While seeking not to play the "holier than thou" card, Podesta, one of the most influential voices in American politics today, said he was skeptical about a ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • EU faces down tar sands industry

    EurActiv - The EU executive has defied intense pressure from governments and lobbyists to include oil from innovative but highly-polluting tar sands within Europe's Fuel Quality Directive. Between September 2009 and July 2011, Canadian government and oil industry representatives organised more than ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Energy versus the environment in Alberta’s tar sands

    A report released last week by Environmental Defence (Canada’s Toxic Tar Sands) focuses on concerns being expressed across Canada and around the world about the environmental cost of exploiting the Tar Sands of Alberta, which it calls Canada’s most serious environmental liability. The Toronto-based ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Dirty Tar Sands Fuel is Headed for the East Coast

    Motorists from Maine to Maryland will soon be filling their tanks with gas increasingly derived from dirty Canadian tar sands oil, a new report from the Natural Resources Defense Council says. A flood of dirty fuel into these East Coast states would undercut their efforts to reduce carbon pollution. The NRDC report ...

  • Energy versus the environment in Canada`s Tar Sands

    A report by Environmental Defence, a Toronto-based environmental research group, says exploitation of Alberta's Tar Sands is Canada's most serious environmental liability. Rick Smith, executive director of Environmental Defence, says 'Few Canadians know that Canada is home to one of the world's largest dams and it is built to hold toxic waste from just one Tar Sands operation. There is nowhere ...

  • First delivery of devastating tar sands arrives in Europe

    The first shipment of highly polluting Canadian tar sands oil to Europe is due to arrive in Spain tomorrow (Thursday May 29). Environment groups Friends of the Earth Europe, Transport & Environment and Greenpeace warn that this delivery provides a snapshot of Europe’s energy future – a continued addiction to ever-dirtier oil. ...

  • Energy versus the environment in Alberta’s tar sands

    A report by Environmental Defence, a Toronto-based environmental research group, says exploitation of Alberta’s Tar Sands is Canada’s most serious environmental liability. Rick Smith, executive director of Environmental Defence, says 'Few Canadians know that Canada is home to one of the world’s largest dams and it is built to hold toxic waste from just one Tar Sands operation. There is nowhere ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • NRDC: Tar sands pipeline fails presidential test

    President Obama said today he would not okay the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline unless it "does not significantly exacerbate the problem of carbon pollution." Susan Casey-Lefkowitz, director of the international program with the Natural Resources Defense Council, made the following statement: “The president made it emphatic: he won't green light a tar sands pipeline that means more ...

  • Dirty deals: oil lobbyists push tar sands on Europe

    The United States and Canadian governments are using ongoing trade talks to push the European Union to allow devastating tar sands unfettered access to its market, according to a new report out today. As trade negotiations between the EU and US on a transatlantic trade treaty continue in Brussels this week, the research by European and North ...

  • Petcoke Problems: Tar sands waste piling up on Chicago’s Southeast side

    In recent months massive piles of petroleum coke (or petcoke) have built up along the banks of the Calumet River on Chicago’s Southeast Side. BP’s highly-controversial refinery in Whiting, IN is completing a massive expansion to process increased amounts of Canada’s ultra-heavy tar sands oil, which will result in a tripling of its petcoke production. The powdery black material ...

  • Kalamazoo clean up continues: 3rd Anniversary of Michigan’s tar sands mess

    The Kalamazoo River tar sands pipeline spill cleanup stands as America’s longest-running and most expensive oil cleanup project as Michigan authorities and pipeline company Enbridge continue to scour the heavy oil from the bottom of the waterway. On the third anniversary of the million gallon spill, Natural Resources Defense Council Midwest Director Henry Henderson noted: “Three ...

  • Senate Rejects Bid to Force Approval of Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline

    Despite strong lobbying by oil-industry allies, the U.S. Senate tonight defeated an effort to approve the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. The following is a statement by Frances Beinecke, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council: “The bill would have turned Congress into a permitting authority, overriding environmental law, and giving a green light to a pipeline ...

  • New map reveals tar-sands-ready refineries across Europe

    More than half of Europe’s oil refineries are ready to process ultra-high carbon tar sands, one of the most environmentally devastating fuels in production, according to a comprehensive report on Europe’s refining industry released today [1]. Seventy-one out of Europe’s 95 refineries are ...

  • NRDC: President Retains Responsibility for Keystone XL Tar Sands Decision

    A majority in the U.S. House today voted for Nebraska GOP Rep. Lee Terry’s legislation, The Northern Route Approval Act,” that seeks to speed up approval for the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline by eliminating the need for a presidential permit. Franz Matzner, associate director of government affairs for the Natural Resources Defense Council, made these comments on the vote: ...

  • State Department Takes Prudent Action on Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline

    The State Department announced today it will extend its decision-making period on the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. The following is a statement from Susan Casey-Lefkowitz, director of the International Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council: “The State Department is taking the most prudent course of action possible. It is already clear that the Keystone XL tar sands ...

  • House Demonstrates Support for a Presidential Veto of Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline

    The House vote today forcing approval of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline came with a silver lining: There are more than enough lawmakers to sustain a well-deserved presidential veto of the ill-considered legislation. The following is a statement by Danielle Droitsch, Canada Project Director at the Natural Resources Defense Council: “The House-passed bill is wrong for our ...

  • Pipeline spill underlines fears of new tar sands development

    The type of oil that flowed through the Enbridge pipeline when it ruptured in Calhoun County on July 25 is far more damaging to the environment than regular crude at every stage, from extraction to refining, and poses higher risks when spilled into lakes and rivers. Despite denials by Enbridge CEO Patrick Daniel, the million gallons of oil that spilled into the Kalamazoo River watershed last ...


    By The Compliance Center (ICC)

  • Reclaiming the Sydney tar ponds

    Canada’s most famous contaminated site may finally be receiving the treatment that it has sorely needed for two decades. Earth Tech Canada has been retained by the Sydney Tar Ponds Agency (STPA) to design, construct and oversee the remediation of the Sydney Tar Ponds and Coke Ovens Site in Nova Scotia. How the largest remediation project in the country unfolds is likely to change the way ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Green City offers Clean Alternative to Tar Sands Boom

    In a country reckoned to have the worst climate policies in the industrialised world, one big city is setting out to defy central government and become 100% carbon neutral. Vancouver, in British Columbia, Canada, wants to establish itself as “the greenest city in the world by ...


    By Climate News Network

  • NRDC: Canada’s tar sands expansion would make climate change worse

    Canada has no chance of hitting its international climate change targets, due to its unchecked expansion of tar sands production, the Natural Resources Defense Council said today. The announcement comes as Canada’s Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver is in Washington to lobby American officials on the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. Following is a statement by ...

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