Special Report: Tar Sands Reporting Project

Athabasca tar sands, photographed by Andrew S. Wright
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Leonardo DiCaprio and Darren Aronofsky receive gift of moccasins in remote Fort Chip

Leonardo Di Caprio's car drove into town and the megastar jumped out and walked straight to the banks of  the Athabasca Lake. He  took in the beauty. A small group consisting of chiefs and...
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Leonardo DiCaprio brings Hollywood star power to Fort Chip

Leonardo DiCaprio -- the global superstar actor behind The Wolf of Wall Street and Titanic fame -- crashed the remote village of Fort Chipewyan, in the oil sands region of...
Fort McKay student tells of mixed bag of living legacy of oil sands

A chief's granddaughter struggles with the good and the evil of oil sands legacy

"When you drive up to Fort McKay, you can automatically tell where you are...you see smoke going up in the sky from Syncrude," Feather Mcdonald, 17, said.  "It's like, 'ew, that smell.'" ...

Trudeau promises no Northern Gateway if he beats Harper in 2015

But he's not opposed to all pipelines.

Success in the oil sands

A glimpse into the life of a certified electrician, one of three women among 500 employees on site in the oil sands. From our archives.

Chief blasts Harper for pushing oil pipeline, blatantly ignoring climate change

The chief of the Lower Nicola Indian Band south of Kamloops, B.C., whose territory is crucial to the $5.4-billion Kinder Morgan expansion project, wrote a strongly worded letter to the Prime Minister...

Gitxaala Nation to challenge Enbridge Northern Gateway approval in court

“We played by Canada’s rules,” said Gitxaala Acting Chief Clarence Innis. “But all of our concerns were ignored by both the JRP and Cabinet."

Kinder Morgan's $136 million pipeline 'war chest' to be paid by Canadians

"The decision to enable this unfair advantage is unprecedented. The approach has been rejected out of hand by US regulators."
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Kinder Morgan’s oil spill cost estimates, rejected by U.S. EPA

A prominent B.C. researcher says a key piece of oil spill science submitted by Kinder Morgan to the National Energy Board was completely rejected by the U.S. environmental regulators.
Gitga’at Chain of Hope symbolic blockade of Douglas Channel Northern Gateway

Gitga’at Nation holds 'Chain of Hope' blockade against Northern Gateway

Crocheted yarn spools with family messages were carried across the Douglas Channel in protest of oil tanker plans.