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

The Great Lakes: New Dumping Ground for Tar Sands Oil

5/17/2012 // By Beth Wallace

This past week, Enbridge officially announced plans to expand the Lakehead Pipeline system in an effort to pump even more tar sands oil through the Great Lakes. This announcement comes nearly a week after NWF released a report warning that pipeline […] Read more >

Cleanup crews are still working to repair the damage caused by Enbridge's 2010 spill in Michigan (photo: Mic Stolz)

Speak Up Now! Help Stop Big Oil’s Tar Sands Agenda for New England

4/11/2012 // By Peter LaFontaine

Tar sands—a dirty, sludgey oil being produced in Canada—may be oozing into the Northeast soon if Big Oil has its way. You might recognize this dirty product from the heated debate around the “Keystone XL” pipeline, which has received national […] Read more >

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Video: Ecologist Turns Advocate After Enbridge Disaster

11/30/2011 // By Jennifer Janssen

“Having this [Enbridge] oil spill come down through a watershed where we’ve been working to clean up old pollution for a long time now…for me it was a punch in the gut.” Jeff Spoelstra coordinates Kalamazoo River Watershed Council, an […] Read more >

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Bravely Standing Up For Her Children and Community – How an Oil Spill Transformed One Woman’s Life

11/30/2011 // By Carla Brown

As parents, we want to make sure our children feel safe and inspired. We want them to embrace life and jump at opportunity. When terrible things happen in the world, it is challenging to know what to say. In 2010, […] Read more >

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Pipelines Part of the American Reality

11/21/2011 // By Carla Brown

Environmentalists are relieved to hear that the Obama administration has delayed the decision regarding the Keystone XL pipeline. But most Americans probably do not know that pipelines already criss-cross our neighborhoods and countryside. For Susan Connolly of Michigan, pipelines were […] Read more >

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Enbridge Tar Sands Oil Spill Disaster in the Kalamazoo River is Worse than Originally Reported

11/16/2011 // By Beth Wallace

On November 9th, the U.S. EPA updated their webpage to reflect the latest recovery efforts for the Enbridge tar sands oil spill.  It is now being reported that well over 1.1 million gallons of tar sands oil has been recovered from […] Read more >

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Old Pipeline New Risks

10/24/2011 // By Beth Wallace

Those fortunate enough to travel through the Straits of Mackinac have experienced the beauty of Lake Michigan and Lake Huron emerging as one as you pass through the gateway of mountainous sand dunes in the Lower Peninsula to steep cliffs and adventure in the […] Read more >

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Spirit Bear: The Return of An Elusive Icon

8/12/2011 // By Amanda Stone

To the Gitga’at First Nation and the Kitasoo/Xai’xais of Canada it has been taboo to hunt or even speak the name of the elusive spirit bear, or Kermode, for many generations. Neither albino nor polar bear, the vanilla-colored bear is […] Read more >

Video — Great Lakes and Invasives and Oil, Oh My!

7/7/2011 // By Neil Kagan

Two of the greatest threats to the greatest of lakes – invasive species and submerged oil pipelines – were the subject of a Detroit public television legal affairs program on which I recently appeared.  Among other things, Michigan Law School […] Read more >

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Representative Barton Defends Big Oil Yet Again

3/11/2011 // By Danielle Korpalski

In an interview with ABC this week, Representative Barton – you may recall him as the man who apologized to BP after they spilled millions of gallons of oil into the publicly owned waters of the Gulf of Mexico – […] Read more >