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Annie Mackin is the Tar Sands Program Assistant for NWF in Vermont. She is working to coordinate Vermonters’ efforts to make sure that oil companies don’t use the state as a pathway to get tar sands to market. She has worked with Environment America on water, conservation and energy campaigns, and helped the Chesapeake Climate Action Network build support for offshore wind in the Mid-Atlantic. Because she was raised in northwest Vermont’s Franklin County, the campaign to protect Lake Champlain from the risks of tar sands – as well as the Missisquoi River, and all of Vermont’s land and water – is personal.
Mallard duck coated in oil, March 2013 (via Arkansas HAWK Center)

A Year After Mayflower Disaster, an Oil Spill at Every Turn

4/1/2014 // By Annie Mackin

A year ago, residents of a quiet suburban neighborhood in Mayflower, Arkansas, watched in horror as heavy, toxic tar sands oil poured out of a burst pipeline, across their yards and into their street, covering everything in black muck and […] Read more >

Bicknell's Thrush. Photo by Steve D. Faccio (Vermont Center for Ecostudies)

You’re Invited: Retirement Party for the Portland-Montreal Pipeline

3/20/2014 // By Annie Mackin

NWF recently released documents showing the company that owns the Portland-Montreal pipeline estimated its pipes to have a 60-year life span. We did the math: The pipe built in 1950 passed its projected retirement date in 2010. So we’d like […] Read more >

The loss of boreal forest habitat from tar sands development puts the survival of thousands of Alberta woodland caribou at risk.

Brewing a Better Future in Canada

3/13/2014 // By Annie Mackin

President Obama is about to make good on a bet (technically, on two bets) he lost to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper last month, when Canada beat the United States in Olympic Hockey (twice). The two bet a case of […] Read more >

Transporting tar sands through Vermont would directly threaten the moose, fish and birds that rely on clean water to survive. Photo donated by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Marin Packer.

Vermont Towns Protect Wildlife and Vote ‘No’ on Tar Sands

3/6/2014 // By Annie Mackin

Town Meeting Day 2014 was a great day in the continued fight to keep tar sands out of Vermont and protect wildlife like moose from this dirty oil. When people from around the state gathered in our time-honored tradition of […] Read more >

Moose foraging in late winter. Photo by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Bill Gorton.

Tar Sands in our Tanks? Tracing Extreme Energy on its way to New England

1/23/2014 // By Annie Mackin

So far, New England has remained virtually free of the extreme, polluting form of energy known as tar sands. Less than 1 percent of our fuel comes from the viscous, tarry, carbon-intensive substance that must be strip mined or steamed […] Read more >

White-tailed deer image by N. and M.J. Mishler (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service).

Despite Industry Bullying, New England Stands Up to Tar Sands

12/27/2013 // By Annie Mackin

The City Council of South Portland, Maine, responded last week to wide concern among residents and passed a 180-day moratorium on any move to transport tar sands there. How did this happen? Residents learned about tar sands and the potential […] Read more >

moose and young by mamanat

Northeast Tar Sands Project Should Need U.S. Dept. of State Approval

12/11/2013 // By Annie Mackin

Some promising news in the fight to keep Vermont tar sands free recently came out of Washington, D.C. Through a FOIA request, National Wildlife Federation obtained a letter that the State Department sent in August to the Portland Pipe Line […] Read more >

Looking north on the Lamoille River. Photo credit: Annie Mackin.

Fight to Keep Vermont Tar-Sands Free

12/2/2013 // By Annie Mackin

Even as temperatures drop below freezing and we look ahead to another long winter, the fight to keep Vermont tar-sands-free is heating up. A group of volunteers, activists and community leaders from all corners of the state—as well as New Hampshire and Maine—is building momentum […] Read more >