The goal of this session is to provide an opportunity to engage with the discourse surrounding the construction of pipelines from Alberta’s bituminous sands. Located less than 10km from the location of the MLA’s 2015 convention, Chevron’s Burnaby Refinery is the terminus of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Pipeline, which carries 300,000 barrels of crude oil per day to the refinery. Kinder Morgan is currently promoting an application to expand the pipeline to carry 890,000 barrels per day. It is one of several pipeline projects currently under review to carry diluted bitumen from Alberta’s bituminous sands to refineries in Canada, the United States or overseas—with others including Enbridge’s Line 9 Reversal, TransCanada’s Energy East, Enbridge’s Northern Gateway, and TransCanada’s Keystone XL. These pipeline proposals and the discourses surrounding them are key cultural texts in our contemporary moment, operating as they do at the intersection of economic, environmental, and social justice narratives. This discourse engages in battles over the meaning of the future, and, for those of us in the fields of language and literature, raise the question of literary and artistic responses to and interventions in that discourse.