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Alberta places wildlife at further risk with tar sands wetlands exemption

9/12/2013 // By Jim Murphy

The continuing wildlife crisis in Canada’s boreal forest just got worst as the Alberta government, after 8 years of delays, released a wetlands policy that gives 195 destructive tar sands mining and drilling projects a pass on having to comply […] Read more >

Sandhill crane and chick (also called a "colt"). Photo by Lauri Griffin. National Wildlife Photo Contest donated entry.

Interior Dept.: “Permanent Impacts to Wildlife” If Keystone XL Built

8/18/2013 // By Jim Murphy

The bad news continues to pile up for the ill-conceived Keystone XL pipeline.  In the wake of a third comment letter from the Environmental Protection Agency finding the State Department’s review of the boondoggle pipeline inadequate, critical comments from another […] Read more >

New Revelations from Arkansas Spill Highlight Need for Stricter Tar Sands Pipeline Safety Standards

8/15/2013 // By Jim Murphy

A recent article by Inside Climate News underscores the fact that existing regulations are not protecting us from the new and severe threats of tar sands pipelines.  The article highlights the maintenance and monitoring breakdowns that led to the major tar […] Read more >

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State Department’s Keystone XL Review Goes from Bad to Worse

8/6/2013 // By Jim Murphy

The news for the Keystone XL pipeline just keeps getting worse.  Last week, further information came out regarding an apparent cover-up of a conflict of interest that undermines the credibility of the State Department’s environmental review of the pipeline. Rather […] Read more >

Shell’s Oil Sands Project will Devastate Habitats, but Canada Says OK

7/12/2013 // By Jim Murphy

Once revered as a leading environmental steward, Canada now seems all too willing to cave to the tar sands industry like the petrostate it seems to be veering towards becoming. This sad new reality for our Northerly neighbor was illustrated […] Read more >

Tar Sands, Alberta (flickr/Howl Arts Collective)

Study on the Safety of Transporting Tar Sands Oil Avoids the Tough Questions

7/1/2013 // By Jim Murphy

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) commissioned the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) to perform a study on tar sand oil. The study concluded that tar sands oil (moved as a substance called diluted bitumen) and heavy crude […] Read more >

NWF staffers (left) joined compatriots from other organizations to rally around climate action in Washington today. Photo via Flickr.

Obama Connects Keystone XL & Climate: Rejection Now a Must

6/25/2013 // By Jim Murphy

In a landmark speech on climate change, President Obama made a bold statement that he would not approve the Keystone XL pipeline if it will significantly exacerbate the climate problem.  This is a huge step towards rejection of this pipeline, […] Read more >

Dead vegetation in Lake Conway (flickr/Tar Sands Blockade)

U.S. Department of Justice and Arkansas Attorney General Move to Penalize ExxonMobil

6/19/2013 // By Jim Murphy

As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth of pound of cure. And that brings us to the latest chapter of ExxonMobil’s reckless safety record.  In the spirit of curing, the U.S. Department of Justice and the Arkansas […] Read more >

US Congresswoman Chellie Pingree addresses the crowd in Portland

Thousands Brave the Cold to Say NO to Tar Sands in New England

1/30/2013 // By Jim Murphy

Sub-zero temperatures were no match for an enthusiastic crowd in Portland, who protested a plan to bring the world’s dirtiest oil through their backyard. Read more >

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Big Oil’s Big Plans for Tar Sands in New England

5/21/2012 // By Jim Murphy

Big Oil, you just can’t trust it. In 2008, when they thought no one was watching, oil companies Enbridge and the Portland Montreal Pipeline Company hatched a plan to reverse the flow of two existing pipelines to send dirty tar […] Read more >