Tag Archives: tar sands

A worker places containment boom on the Kalamazoo River to contain an oil spill from an Enbridge Energy pipeline on July 28, 2010. The spill was the largest of its kind in the US. The Nexen Energy spill in Alberta, Canada, last week was bigger than the Kalamazoo spill. Jim West/Zuma

So-Called ‘Failsafe’ Pipeline Leak Detection System Failed in Massive Alberta Tar Sands Spill

By Zoë Schlanger 7/20/15 By the time a contractor spotted a burst in the wall of an Alberta tar sands pipeline on July 15, a spill was already well underway. In a public apology on Friday, the pipeline’s owner, Nexen Energy, announced the spill was contained, but the cause, and the length of time it had been […]

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Forest Ethics: An oil by rail threat is a threat to us all!

Thanks to our friends at Forest Ethics for this post: Companies like WesPac and Valero want to build massive new oil terminals to bring exploding oil trains into the San Francisco Bay Area and out through the entire country. And refineries there are proposing a slew of expansion projects to process dirtier, toxic, volatile, carbon […]

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Higher Cancer Rates Linked to Tar Sands Operations

Higher Cancer Rates and Tainted Local Foods Linked to Tar Sands Operations Danielle Droitsch, Natural Resources Defense Council | July 8, 2014   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 […]

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