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An oiled heron was among the wildlife victims of Enbridge's massive 2010 tar sands spill into the Kalamazoo River.  Image from howtobearesponsiblesteward.blogspot.com

New Report: Tar Sands Oil Too Risky for the Great Lakes Region

12/15/2014 // By Jim Murphy

A report issued by National Wildlife Federation, Minnesota Conservation Federation, and Prairie Rivers Network shows that industry plans to expand tar sands transport through the Great Lakes region pose too high a risk to the wildlife and communities of the […] Read more >

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Pipeline Safety Agency Says No to Public Request for Tar Sands Pipeline Safety Measures

12/9/2014 // By Jim Murphy

It would seem to follow that two of the most severe pipeline oil spill disasters in our nation’s history would garner the attention of a federal agency charged with protecting us from pipeline spills.  But in response to a coalition of landowners, former […] Read more >

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

It’s Past Time for Strong Tar Sands Safety Regulations

5/9/2014 // By Jim Murphy

On May 6, the federal agency responsible for protecting the public from pipeline oil spills quietly issued a notice intended to give a nudge for pipeline operators to do a better job.  The notice is sobering for two reasons. First, […] 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 >

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Northeasterners Fight Back Against Tar Sands Project

4/25/2013 // By Carol Oldham

The tar sands industry — responsible for toxic oil spills across the Midwest and Arkansas — is plotting to bring this dirty fuel straight through New England. They seek to reverse the flow of two existing pipelines in order to ship tar sands oil […] Read more >

Kalamazoo River Enbridge Oil Spill

Enbridge’s Nose Grows a lot Longer

3/14/2013 // By Beth Wallace

In a recent hearing to determine the fate of the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline project, Enbridge told regulators, decision makers and the public that tar sands oil floats in water. This is according to an industry backed study conducted in […] Read more >

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Standing Up in the Face of Disaster

1/18/2013 // By Beth Wallace

Over two years ago, the communities I grew up in experienced the largest and costliest inland oil spill in U.S. history. On July 25th, 2010, a pipeline owned by Canadian tar sands giant Enbridge Energy, burst–dumping more than 1 million […] Read more >

Weekly News Roundup – July 27, 2012

7/27/2012 // By Aislinn Maestas

Want to know what National Wildlife Federation was up to this week? Here is a recap of the week’s NWF news: NWF Applauds New Solar Energy Plan July 24 – The Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management released […] Read more >

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Oil Spill at Michigan’s Capital

7/19/2012 // By Beth Wallace

A human oil spill, that is! On July 18th, community members from across Michigan participated in the Lansing, Mich., We are the Kalamazoo Human Oil Spill event to memorialize two years passing since the largest and costliest inland oil spill […] Read more >

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Tar Sands-Oiled Kalamazoo River Open to Public

6/21/2012 // By Beth Wallace

But the public was not welcomed to the press event. Agencies within the Unified Command hosted an invite-only media event to open the oiled Kalamazoo River to the public today. I would love to say that I was shocked by […] Read more >