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Disaster response workers clean debris and oil from the Yellowstone River after an Exxon pipeline ruptured, dumping 42,000 gallons of petroleum. (Photo: US Coast Guard)

Exxon’s Yellowstone Debacle Gets Worse

The planet’s second biggest corporation couldn’t be bothered to clean up after its last mess — will the next one ruin your community?

US Coast Guard rescues crew of Shell oil rig Kulluk off Alaska, December 29, 2012 (USCG photo/Sara Francis)

Shell Oil Rig Runs Aground Off Alaskan Wilderness, Threatening Wildlife

Despite warnings from wildlife advocates of the risks of allowing offshore oil drilling in the rough seas off Alaska, Shell has begun drilling test wells. This week, the New York …

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Are U.S. Oil Exports Making Tar Sands “Useless”?

A boom in American oil production has made Keystone XL an even riskier bet. How will politicians and the industry respond?

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Clock Ticks Down for Arctic Marine Life as Shell Oil Rig Heads to Sea

This week a Shell Oil Co. drilling rig, the Kulluk, headed towards the Beaufort Sea off Alaska’s northern coast to begin drilling operations.  This flagship effort to open up Arctic waters to …

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Is the Great Lakes Region Ready for a Fracking Boom?

This is a guest post by Sara Gosman, a water resources attorney for National Wildlife Federation. In the past few years, the Great Lakes region has seen a surge of …

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Preserve The Reserve!

As noted here recently, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is taking public comment on how it can best manage the Indiana-sized National Petroleum Reserve – Alaska (Reserve).  A sportsman …

Why We Should Pay Attention to Oil Pipelines

On July 25th, 2010, the Great Lakes region experienced one of the largest oil spills in Midwest history—and it was from a pipeline buried underneath the ground. Almost two years after the spill, the pressing question is whether laws governing oil pipelines protect the Great Lakes Basin and its communities from more spills.

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Obama Takes Dangerous Wrong Turn on “Keystone Lite” Pipeline

As President Obama works to end oil subsidies and promote renewable energy, he has taken a dangerous wrong turn by rushing to build the risky Keystone Lite pipeline, the southern leg of the controversial Keystone XL system.

BP Refuses to Halt Production as Refinery Explodes

BP again puts workers at risk as fire explodes at     Washington’s largest oil refinery. As we near the two year anniversary of BP’s Deepwater Horizon explosion, the worst environmental disaster …

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