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Special Report: Tar Sands Reporting Project

Athabasca tar sands, photographed by Andrew S. Wright
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Our award-winning team's crowd-funded series on the people, places and conflicts associated with Canada's tar sands.

Kinder Morgan oil spill volume from 2013 was quadruple the reported amount

“There's been more oil spilled than [Kinder Morgan] is saying,” pipeline critic David Ellis said last November. He was right.

Tsleil-Waututh to take legal action to block Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion

"We are not people who fight. But we will do whatever we can to protect these lands and waters.”

Oil and gas industry's right to profit vs. the right to live

Can Canada oppose assisted suicide yet support the voluntary extinction of the planet?

First Nations' anti-Keystone XL alliance years in making

Indigenous organizers say Reject and Protect gathering in DC last week marked the culmination of years spent building solidarity across nations and across borders.

Cowboy and Indian Alliance protests Keystone XL pipeline in Washington

An alliance of First Nations, farmers and ranchers take Washington by horseback.
Humpback whale in Douglas Channel - Marc Young and family in Kitimat

'Expect dead whales' from Northern Gateway oil tankers, warn Kitimat locals (VIDEO)

Kitimat dad Marc Young worries how a massive increase in oil super tankers will literally strike and kill the Douglas Channel's now thriving whale population.

Harper government pressured to reject Northern Gateway after Kitimat defeat

Canada's new Natural Resources Minister must decide before mid-June if the Northern Gateway project goes forward.
Janet Holder - Vice President Northern Gateway - Kitimat - Mychaylo Prystupa

Enbridge loses the Kitimat plebiscite on Northern Gateway (BREAKING NEWS)

Can Northern Gateway continue without social license?
Enbridge officials face questions at Northern Gateway open house in Kitimat

Enbridge faces questions on oil spills and Aboriginal relations, on eve of Kitimat vote

With a critical vote approaching, an Open House enabled many people to ask tough questions about the Northern Gateway pipeline
Kitimat Mayor Joanne Monaghan No Enbridge Haisla Basketball Game - Dan Mesec

Kitimat mayor flash mobbed by 'No Enbridge' protesters at Haisla basketball game (VIDEOS)

Mayor stunned as crowd roars, "No Enbridge! No Enbridge! No Enbridge!", nearly everyone wearing black protest shirts.