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Great Blue Heron covered in oil from the Enbridge oil spill in Kalamazoo, Michigan

State Department Approves Illegal Scheme for Doubling Tar Sands Flowing through the Great Lakes

8/25/2014 // By Jim Murphy

On August 18, 2014, the State Department posted documents that show Enbridge has hatched a scheme to almost double the flow of tar sands into the Great Lakes region along its Alberta Clipper pipeline ( also known as Line 67), […] 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 >

Great blue heron in flight. Photo by National WildlifePhoto Contest entrant LaMar Horton.

Members of Congress Take First Step to Protect Wildlife from Oil Spills

12/20/2013 // By Beth Wallace

Over 4,000 citizens nationwide have united to pressure our Great Lakes Senators to protect our waters from oil spills! After having a flood of concerned constituents reach out to their offices, Sens. Carl Levin, Debbie Stabenow and Dick Durbin came together […] 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 >

Moose with calf

The South Portland, Maine Vote to Protect Wildlife from Dirty Oil

10/31/2013 // By Carol Oldham

Update:  The Nov. 5th initiative in South Portland, Maine was narrowly defeated. See more below.   Right now, Big Oil is trying to pump millions of gallons of dirty tar sands oil through sensitive wildlife habitat—crossing pristine lakes, rivers and […] Read more >

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What’s the Condition of the Pipeline Beneath the Straits of Mackinac: VIDEO

10/11/2013 // By Beth Wallace

This past July, NWF conducted a diving expedition to obtain footage of aging oil pipelines strung across one of the most sensitive locations in the Great Lakes, and possibly the world: the Straits of Mackinac. Footage of these pipelines has […] Read more >

Kalamazoo River polluted with raw tar sands crude

Which Federal Agency is Keeping Its Head in the (Tar) Sands?

8/8/2013 // By Guest Author

The following is a guest post from Jeffrey Insko, who lives along the Enbridge Line 6B pipeline route in Groveland Township, Michigan with his wife Katy and dog Sam. He is an Associate Professor of English at Oakland University and […] Read more >

Over 400 people, from all walks of life, rally to demand that lawmakers require that Enbridge replace a 60 year old tar sands pipeline at the Straits of Mackinac and to never allow tar sands to flow through the Great Lakes.

A Rally for the Great Lakes! Enbridge Straits of Mackinac Pipelines Post Extreme Risk to Great Lakes

7/15/2013 // By Beth Wallace

More than 400 people rallied on Sunday in St. Ignace, Mich., to urge the state’s public officials to protect the Great Lakes from a potential oil spill disaster. The National Wildlife Federation joined conservation, tribal and citizens organizations in asking […] Read more >

Enbridge's Line 5 pipeline runs under the straits of Mackinac.  Photo: MDOT

Starting a Movement in the Great Lakes

7/9/2013 // By Jennifer Janssen

In 2010, the largest and costliest oil spill in our nation’s history tore into the Kalamazoo River and its wetlands. An oil pipeline owned and operated by Enbridge Energy, the Canadian tar sands pipeline giant responsible for more than 800 […] 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 >