tar sand


Definition of tar sand

: a natural impregnation of sand or sandstone with petroleum from which the lighter portions have escaped

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The order is intended to speed up development of the controversial pipeline, which would ship crude oil from tar sands in western Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast. Matthew Daly, The Seattle Times, "Trump issues new permit for stalled Keystone XL pipeline," 29 Mar. 2019 The pipeline would ship crude oil from the tar sands of western Canada to U.S. refineries along the Gulf of Mexico. Matthew Daly, The Seattle Times, "Trump wields presidential power on pipeline, energy projects," 14 Apr. 2019 In fact, Zenith had been receiving, storing and shipping tar sands crude. oregonlive.com, "Portland oil terminal execs gave mayor’s staff false information," 6 Aug. 2019 In 2010, an Enbridge pipeline burst, spilling roughly 1 million gallons of thick, sticky Alberta tar sands crude oil into the river ecosystem near Kalamazoo, Michigan. Zoë Schlanger, Quartz, "The company behind the Kentucky explosion is also behind the worst inland pipeline accident in US history," 1 Aug. 2019 But however lavish its donations, the company is equally profligate in its spending on lobbying to block unhelpful legislation on tar sands, power plants, or renewable energy initiatives. Natasha Frost, Quartz, "Charities are trapped into taking tainted money from corporations," 20 July 2019 And the whole site regularly contends with shifting tar sands and pools of bubbling asphalt that seem to blossom out of nowhere. Carolina A. Miranda, latimes.com, "The La Brea Tar Pits are getting a makeover. Here's why," 6 June 2019 For example, JPMorgan Chase quadrupled its tar sands investments. David Roberts, Vox, "The “Trump effect” threatens the future of the Paris climate agreement," 3 Dec. 2018 The two women and a third defendant had planned to argue that the threat of climate change from Canadian tar sands crude was so imminent that their actions were not only morally right, but necessary. Steve Karnowski, The Seattle Times, "Minnesota judge dismisses case against 3 climate activists," 9 Oct. 2018

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1899, in the meaning defined above

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