tar sand

noun

Definition of tar sand 

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

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Alberta officials said the $5.7 billion project, which the Trudeau government approved in late 2016, is crucial to the growth of its oil industry, which is increasingly dependent on extracting tar sands that are native to the province. Alan Freeman, Washington Post, "Two of Canada’s biggest provinces are feuding over an oil pipeline. Trudeau is caught in the middle.," 25 May 2018 General corporate funding for TransCanada means corporate funding for tar sands production. Emily Atkin, The New Republic, "The Parkland Blueprint for Climate Activism," 8 Mar. 2018 But worse than neglecting the supply-side arm, Trudeau’s support of tar sands development will grow the very stock of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere that its demand-side policies are supposed to cut. Richard Denniss, Fortune, "Justin Trudeau’s Pipeline Purchase Isn’t Just Hypocritical, It’s Bad Economics," 30 June 2018 The train was carrying tar sands oil from Alberta to Stroud, Okla., for ConocoPhillips. Robert Gearty, Fox News, "Crude oil spills into Iowa river after freight train derailment," 24 June 2018 The Canadian government stepped in to buy the Trans Mountain pipeline from Kinder Morgan, the American operator of one of the main conduits of oil from Alberta’s tar sands. The Economist, "Business this week," 31 May 2018 Extraction from tar sands has drawn opposition from environmentalists, given that the process requires more energy than traditional drilling. Eric Lipton, Anchorage Daily News, "EPA chief had a $50-a-day condo linked to lobbyists. Their client's project got approved.," 3 Apr. 2018 Extraction from tar sands has drawn opposition from environmentalists, given that the process requires more energy than traditional drilling. Eric Lipton, Anchorage Daily News, "EPA chief had a $50-a-day condo linked to lobbyists. Their client's project got approved.," 3 Apr. 2018 One at JPMorgan Chase seeks more information on its financing of Canadian tar sands projects. David Hellier, Bloomberg.com, "Activists to Take Center Stage as Annual Meetings Get Under Way," 24 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of tar sand

1899, in the meaning defined above

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