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Oil Pipeline Rupture Soaks Santa Barbara Beaches (Updated with New Photos)

5/20/2015 // By Miles Grant

From oil train explosions to pipeline ruptures, not a month goes by without a reminder of the high cost of our ongoing addiction to oil, and this morning we’re waking up to a new disaster in California. As Matt Hamilton …

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10 Things BP’s New Report Doesn’t Tell You

3/17/2015 // By Ryan Fikes

BP has just released a new report on the state of the Gulf, called Gulf of Mexico: Environmental Recovery and Restoration. The glossy report is filled with footnotes and citations, but leaves key pieces of science out. If you are …

Science Links Dolphin Deaths to BP Oil Spill – Again

2/13/2015 // By Lacey McCormick

Five years after the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded, dolphins in the oiled area are still dying in high numbers. The evidence was already quite strong that BP’s oil was to blame for these ongoing deaths. A 2013 study found that …

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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 …

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A $100M Step Toward Restoring the Gulf

11/24/2014 // By Ryan Fikes

The National Fish & Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) announced a second round of Gulf restoration projects, totaling $99.2 million. A total of 25 projects across the Gulf will seek to restore and increase the resilience of the Gulf’s natural resources. Over …

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Sound Science Needed for Gulf Restoration

9/4/2014 // By Ryan Fikes

Four years ago the BP oil spill killed eleven workers and sent more than 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Two years ago the RESTORE Act passed, which will send 80% of Clean Water Act civil …

Speak Up to Restore the Mississippi Gulf Coast

8/20/2014 // By Lacey McCormick

Mississippi’s coastal residents know that our coast has serious restoration needs. An annual erosion rate of 200 acres a year is decimating our coastline. Decades of development have intensified water quality problems. Oyster reefs are at an all-time low. Tar …

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Senators to Gulf of Mexico Restoration Body: Get on With it!

8/7/2014 // By Ryan Fikes

The pace of restoring the Gulf of Mexico in the wake of the BP oil spill has been slower than anyone would like. Last week the Senate Commerce Committee held an oversight hearing to revisit the RESTORE Act two years …

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Private Lands and Gulf Restoration – A Vision for Success

6/6/2014 // By Ryan Fikes

The five US states bordering the Gulf of Mexico encompass roughly 290 million acres of land, of which roughly 86% are privately owned. This translates into more than 249 million acres of agricultural and forested lands, making it impossible to ignore …

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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, …

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