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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.

Enbridge approval could shake up Conservative majority in 2015

If you’re one of the 21 Conservative Members of Parliament in BC, what are you thinking right now as the decision on Enbridge draws near?

Gitxaala lawsuit claims process unlawful in JRP's Enbridge pipeline recommendation

The Gitxaala have filed a lawsuit in federal court claiming the National Energy Board's Joint Review Panel failed to consider extensive testimony to the panel.

Koch brothers' Canadian company moves to exploit oil sands gold rush

Fort McKoch? Construction of in situ facility planned next to Dunkirk River for 2016.

Research group finds the largest portion of the Canadian tar sands is owned by the American billionaire Koch brothers

It's getting tougher and tougher for the Kochs to deny their connection to Keystone

Fort McKay's oil sands prosperity comes at cost of air quality

"How does the air smell to you?" he asks. "Bad," I say, "really bad."What does it smell like?

How progressive businesses can use their power in politics

"You guys have to gussy up, tuck in your shirts, get a suit, go to Washington and talk about climate change."
Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain oil spill infographic map - NDP MP Kennedy Stuart

Kinder Morgan's historic oil spills are double the Kalamazoo disaster: NDP MP

Kinder Morgan VP calls MP Kennedy Stewart’s oil spill analysis of its Trans Mountain pipeline “stupid”, “ludicrous” and “astounding.” What do you think?

City of Vancouver staff report finds serious problems with Kinder Morgan hearings process: report

A new report highlights major differences between the hearing processes of Enbridge Northern Gateway and Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain. Guess which falls short?

Critics blast 'insensitive' rules for Aboriginal oral evidence at Kinder Morgan hearings

"It's a totally flawed process," said a Tsleil-Waututh Nation member on the NEB's new regulations on what constitutes Aboriginal oral testimony.

Endangered orcas swim along Kinder Morgan's oil tanker route

The gravity of Kinder Morgan’s arrogance becomes chilling when we look below the surface.