Keystone and Keystone XL Pipeline
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Basic information on tar sands, tar sands resources, and recovery of oil from tar sands. What Are Tar Sands? Tar sands (also referred to as oil sands) are a combination of clay, sand, water, and bitumen , a heavy black viscous oil. Tar sands can be mined and processed to extract the oil-rich bitumen, which is then refined into oil.
JEFFREY BROWN: Next: a friendly and safe new source of oil for the U.S. or an environmental disaster waiting to happen? The tar sands of Alberta, in western Canada, are today considered one of the largest oil reserves in the world, a source of crude petroleum known as bitumen. But the extraction of oil there has come with concerns about the environmental impact. And now those concerns have exploded with a plan by the Calgary-based company TransCanada to build a massive pipeline to carry that crude oil deep into the U.S.
Native Americans and First Nations To Be Arrested at White House Protesting TransCanada Keystone XL Pipeline Brenda Norrell Censored News http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com Photo Credit Milan Ilnyckyj: Clayton Thomas Muller, Cree, delivering letter to Canadian Consulate in DC on Wednesday. WASHINGTON -- Native Americans and First Nations will be arrested at the White House on Friday, urging President Obama to say "No"' to the Keystone XL Pipeline that threatens Indian country and the enormous Ogallala aquifer in the heart of the nation.
The 20,000 miles of pipes that carry oil and gas across Nebraska’s open prairies don’t bother Randy Thompson at all. Neither do greenhouse gas emissions or oil geopolitics. Yet the 63-year-old, Republican-voting rancher and other Nebraska landowners have begun to kick up a lot of dust over the Keystone XL, a 1,711-mile pipeline that, if built, will cut across Nebraska’s heartland as it funnels oil from the Athabasca sands of Alberta, Canada, to Gulf Coast refineries. They worry that the project, on which Calgary-based TransCanada ( TRP ) has staked much of its future, might damage the Sand Hills region, a huge wetland where an aquifer often runs just a few feet below the surface. The water in the Sand Hills is essential to many ranches and farms, and Thompson says the Keystone XL could do severe damage to this ecosystem.