tar sand


Definition of tar sand

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

Examples of tar sand in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The $8 billion pipeline would carry tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada, through Nebraska and ultimately to refineries in Texas. Savannah Behrmann, USA TODAY, "Biden campaign said he would rescind Keystone Pipeline permit if elected," 18 May 2020 Instead of lubricating profits, however, Canada’s tar sands are bunged-up with protests against new pipelines. The Economist, "The giant next door Canadian tar sands offer lessons for American shalemen," 27 Feb. 2020 The company made a number of oil-intensive investments, such as extraction in the Alberta, Canada, tar sands, that would have been dramatically less profitable if calculated with a high cost of carbon. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, "ExxonMobil's climate-change accounting goes on trial," 22 Oct. 2019 This financing—which has included supporting the most extreme oil and gas projects, like the huge pipelines planned in Canada’s uniquely filthy tar sands complex—is perhaps the single least defensible part of the fossil fuel enterprise. Bill Mckibben, The New York Review of Books, "A Very Hot Year," 25 Feb. 2020 All of the tar sands oil that flows to the U.S. from Canada via the Keystone XL pipeline will be exempt from tariffs under the USMCA. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, "The New U.S. Trade Deal Is Climate Sabotage," 17 Jan. 2020 The spill comes as the company seeks to build the $8 billion Keystone XL pipeline that would carry tar sands oil from Canada to refineries in Texas. SFChronicle.com, "News of the Day From Across the Nation, Nov. 2," 2 Nov. 2019 Zenith has previously raised controversy in Portland because tar sands crude oil from Canada is transported by train through Portland neighborhoods to the firm’s terminal on the Willamette. oregonlive, "Portland officials tell Zenith Energy it won’t reverse decision on denial of new pipes," 2 Nov. 2019 The pipeline would carry tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada, through Nebraska and ultimately to refineries in Texas. Max Cohen, USA TODAY, "Portion of Keystone Pipeline shut down after 380,000-gallon oil leak in North Dakota," 1 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of tar sand

1899, in the meaning defined above

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4 Jun 2020

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“Tar sand.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tar%20sand. Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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