• People in favor say the oil from tar sands will bring down energy costs and provide jobs.
  • People opposed say that the environmental consequences are not worth the benefits.
  • Technologies are being developed to get at harder-to-reach sources.
  • Tar sands and oil shale fuels create more pollutants than other fossil fuels.
  • The future of the pipeline is currently on hold.
  • The oil would travel into the United States.
  • In the U.S. it would be refined.
  • A leak could also release enough oil to contaminate the Ogallala Aquifer.
  • The Aquifer is crucial to agriculture and urban development.
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