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  • TransCanada Gets Injunction Lifted in Texas

    Texas landowner Mike Bishop went to court and got an injunction against TransCanada to prevent them from building the Keystone XL pipeline across his land. The injunction was temporary and would have lasted until the day of a hearing to determine if the pipeline put his land at undue risk. Rather than wait for the hearing on December 19, TransCanada worked to get the injunction lifted last Thursday. More

  • Keystone XL Pipeline Still Being Built; Protestors Arrested

    TransCanada began installing the first segments of the Keystone XL pipeline in east Texas on August 9, 2012. The pipeline will carry sticky tar diluted with a solvent from the tar sands in Alberta, Canada to refineries in Texas. The likelihood of a spill that might contaminate aquifers and surface waters has made this project controversial from the start. More

  • Alberta Tar Sands Project

    The Alberta Tar Sands Project is in the U.S. news a lot these days. As a U.S. citizen, I’m usually focused on the potential effects of the Keystone XL pipeline contaminating aquifers and soil. This TEDx video shows the effects on Canada. The Alberta Tar Sands is basically just a huge strip mine that goes on as far as the eye can see. More

  • Book Review: Andrew Nikiforuk’s Tar Sands: Dirty Oil and the Future of a Continent

    Northern Alberta’s vast stores of bitumen–a.k.a. “tar sands” or “oil sands” or “dirty oil”–may well be one of the worst environmental tragedies you never heard of. At least that is what Andrew Nikiforuk, a prize-winning Canadian journalist, wants you to believe. In his recent book Tar Sands: Diry Oil and the Future of a Continent, […] More