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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.

In their own words: demonstrators speak out against Harper's Enbridge pipeline decision

"Here, you see older people, people in suits, people from all walks of life. I think there's enough dissent in BC to stop this."
First Nations drummers on street after Northern Gateway decision - Mychaylo Prys

First Nations vow to bury Enbridge Northern Gateway in court

"We don't throw around the threat of litigation or protests lightly," said the Haida Nation president. "This is the time we will take the biggest stand of our lives."

Harper government approves Enbridge Northern Gateway in news release

Federal Natural Resources Minister Greg Rickford announced the decision on the deeply controversial Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline in a new release this afternoon. Neither were available for...

"Carbon tsunami" lead by Enbridge Northern Gateway takes aim at BC

A flood of mega-carbon projects threaten to quickly turn British Columbia into one of the world's dirtiest economies.

Northern Gateway hearings were a path to self-discovery for many of its opponents

The transformation of Minchin from shy recluse to articulate advocate started one day when he found an oil-soaked log on a beach near Kitimat.

BC landowner "crushed" by NEB's stonewalling on Kinder Morgan expansion

"I was crushed when I left the NEB building."

Senator's speech praising "green" Fort McMurray goes viral

Senator praises Fort McMurray as an urban and environmentally conscious community.

Oil sands: a promise and a curse

Thoughts for responsible oil sands development: a visitor's perspective

Europeans protest first major Canadian tar sands shipment in Spain

Dozens of masked protesters held signs to criticize shipment of Canadian bitumen to Europe.

Majority of BC'ers oppose Northern Gateway, Nanos poll finds

More bad news for Enbridge pipeline: "It's a no-go," says national pollster Nik Nanos.