Jim Murphy’s Archive

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

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 …

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

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 …

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

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 …

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

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. …

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

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 …

Obama Connects Keystone XL & Climate: Rejection Now a Must

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.  …

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

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 …

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

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.

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

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 …

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