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Special Report: Tar Sands Reporting Project

Athabasca tar sands, photographed by Andrew S. Wright

Our award-winning team's crowd-funded series on the people, places and conflicts associated with Canada's tar sands.

Chief Ian Campbell: 'We're invisible in our own land'

Chief Ian Campbell of Squamish First Nation points out the locations where First Nations people lived along Vancouver's coast before colonization robbed them of most of their land. Campbell has a...
Kinder Morgan takes mass-transit design cues

Kinder Morgan proposed pipeline expansion map

Station to Station: Does Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline map look familiar?

David Black and 'Kitimat Clean': funding secured for massive BC oil refinery

Kitimat oil refinery finds its funding. How clean can Kitimat Clean hope to be?

Oil executive son's testimony at Prince Rupert Northern Gateway pipeline joint review panel

At the Enbridge Joint Review Panel hearings, the son of an oil executive delivered a riveting speech about the power and destruction of oil.

Using her body to stop Keystone XL

Grace Cagle, 22, was alone, 80 feet up in the southern corner of the tree block, when the company brought the bulldozers in. “They drove this giant machine that cuts trees right up to the base of my...

Enbridge Kalamazoo oil spill victim holds community meeting spellbound

A victim of Enbridge's Kalamazoo oil spill recalls how deeply communities were scarred by the disastrous 2010 oil leak.

Former BC Hydro CEO condemns Enbridge's "bogus economics" at Joint Review Panel

Some of the most damning evidence of the Enbridge Northern Gateway Joint Review Panel (JRP) hearings this morning was presented by a former BC Hydro CEO and deputy minister of energy for...

Enbridge promises minimum precautions, ignores seismic instability

NGP experts admitted to ignoring a Natural Resources Canada document on seismic instability in Douglas Channel.

Kinder Morgan oil sands pipeline expansion plan said to pose risks beyond leaks and spills

While public and media scrutiny centers on oil spills and pipeline leaks, environmentalists are trying to broaden the picture to include the impact of using heavy oil on Vancouver's carbon footprint.