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Enbridge Earns Rare Slap From Regulators

8/3/2012 // By Tony Iallonardo

On Thursday, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued a rarely used corrective action order (CAO) to Enbridge, owner of the Lakehead pipeline system. This order is in response to yet another pipeline disaster, which dumped over 50,000 […] Read more >

Tar Sands in New England Clears Another Hurdle

7/30/2012 // By Tony Iallonardo

Late last week, the Canadian National Energy Board approved a major step in a thinly-veiled effort to bring tar sands through New England for export out of South Portland, Maine. The Board approved the partial reversal of Line 9 from Sarnia, […] Read more >

An oiled heron was among the wildlife victims of Enbridge's massive 2010 tar sands spill into the Kalamazoo River.  Image from howtobearesponsiblesteward.blogspot.com

Enbridge Spills Again. Is it Tar Sands?

7/28/2012 // By Tony Iallonardo

  Enbridge, the company that spilled a million gallons of tar sands oil into the Kalamazoo River two years ago this week, and that the National Transportation Safety Board likened to the “Keystone Kops” of pipeline safety, has reportedly just spilled another […] Read more >

Tar Sands Giants Sneaky New Playbook Revealed

7/6/2012 // By Tony Iallonardo

Polluters seem to have drawn the wrong lesson from the Keystone XL controversy. Rather than temper the headlong rush to exploit tar sands, they’re getting sneakier. The tactics: gut environmental and public review while breaking up their grandiose proposals into smaller pieces to avoid detection. If they succeed, […] Read more >

An appeals court today said EPA's finding that carbon pollution and global warming constitute a danger to public health and that the EPA is obligated to act.

Appeals Court Upholds EPA “Endangerment” Finding on Climate

6/26/2012 // By Tony Iallonardo

In a victory for advocates of EPA action to reduce global warming pollution, the DC Circuit Court of Appeals has just announced that EPA acted properly in assessing the risks of climate change and has taken appropriate action under its […] Read more >

The King and the President meet in 1970.  Months before, Mr. Nixon signed the bipartisan National Environmental Policy Act into law.  For decades it's helped save important and special places, including hallowed ground for Elvis fans.  Image from archives.gov.

Congress’ Latest Attack on the Environment Ensnares Elvis

6/24/2012 // By Tony Iallonardo

  Last year, Congress voted 191 times against the environment.  This year isn’t likely to be any better. It wasn’t always like that.  Since 1970, we’ve had a bipartisan law that requires federal agencies to conduct comprehensive assessments of the […] Read more >

Lake Hefner at sunset.  Fishers are drawn for the smallmouth bass, white bass and catfish.  But mercury contamination remains an unresolved problem. Image from OK.Gov.

Senator Inhofe Puts Polluters Ahead of Oklahoma Lakes

6/13/2012 // By Tony Iallonardo

Oklahoma City’s Lake Hefner is an urban oasis bustling with life, and rated as one of the best lakes for sail boarding. With a boat dock and fishing docks, it’s a draw for families eager to catch some catfish, white […] Read more >

The carbon pollution rule would mean clean air for kids

Hundreds Pack EPA Hearing Calling for Climate Action

5/24/2012 // By Tony Iallonardo

People of every stripe took to the podium on Thursday in Chicago and Washington, D. C., in support of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s efforts to reduce carbon dioxide pollution emitted from power plants. From anglers to students to teachers, […] Read more >

Keystone XL Backers Could Derail 1 Million Jobs

5/16/2012 // By Tony Iallonardo

Friends of Big Oil have been making a habit in this session of Congress of threatening to scuttle “must pass” legislation in order to hasten construction of the dangerous Keystone XL pipeline.  In June, yet another special interest showdown is […] Read more >

Sandhill Crane. Photo: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

New Keystone XL Route – Same Risks, Same Threats

4/19/2012 // By Tony Iallonardo

Building a 1,700-mile pipeline tocarry up to 800,000 barrels a day of thick, tar-like crude oil through the middle of America will rip up Canada’s boreal forest, leave toxic sludge ponds behind, disrupt pristine ecosystems and threaten every area along […] Read more >