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

It’s Past Time for Strong Tar Sands Safety Regulations

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 …

A Kemp's ridley hatchling crawls towards the Gulf of Mexico. Photo: National Park Service

Fate of Gulf Wildlife Still Uncertain 4 Years After BP Oil Disaster

It has been four years since the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, killing 11 workers and sending more than 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. A …

TPWD Wildlife Biologist collecting a Royal Tern on the east beach in Galveston. Photo: Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

Consequences of Texas City “Y” Oil Spill Continue to Surface

The March 22 oil spill that occurred in the Houston Ship Channel moved out into the Gulf and traveled south over the last several days. After hitting the shores of Matagorda …

Mallard duck coated in oil, March 2013 (via Arkansas HAWK Center)

A Year After Mayflower Disaster, an Oil Spill at Every Turn

A year ago, residents of a quiet suburban neighborhood in Mayflower, Arkansas, watched in horror as heavy, toxic tar sands oil poured out of a burst pipeline, across their yards …

Duck coated in Exxon Pegasus tar sands oil in Mayflower, AR, April 2013 (Photo: Lauren Ray)

One Year After Mayflower, Time to Say ‘No’ to Dangerous Pipelines

On March 17, a damaged pipeline in southwest Ohio leaked 20,000 gallons of crude oil into a nature preserve. As if the oil itself hadn’t hurt enough small animals and …

Photo donated by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Constance Parry.

Remembering Exxon Valdez

Twenty-five years ago, the oil tanker Exxon Valdez crashed into a reef in Prince William Sound, Alaska. Eleven million gallons of oil contaminated over 11,000 square miles of ocean and …

The American White Pelican is huge – it has a nine-foot wingspan, measures over five feet in length, and weighs about 16.4 pounds. Image: mikebaird/Flickr

Oil Spill Threatens Wildlife in the Galveston Bay

Well, it looks like there has been yet another fossil fuel accident. Over the weekend, 168,000 gallons of toxic oil spilled into the Galveston Bay. A Kirby Inland Marine oil barge collided with a cargo …

In other Florida news: Crews on Thursday and Friday found a 1400-pound mat found on an undeveloped beach near Pensacola, FL. Crews will continue to investigate over the weekend. Photo courtesy FDEP.

BP Oil Sickened South Florida Fish: Study

Dissolved oil from the 2010 oil disaster may have moved as far south as Florida’s Sanibel Island, sickening fish along the way, new research from the University of South Florida …

An oil barge, Flickr photo by the Gulf Restoration Network

New Oil Spill Fouls Mississippi River

On Sunday, an oil barge travelling down the Mississippi River collided with a tugboat, spilling more than 31,000 gallons. Thankfully no one was hurt, but a 65-mile stretch of the …

A section of the Dan River upstream from the spill site. Flickr photo by Rebecca Murphey.

The Week in Fossil Fuel Disasters

You’ve heard of the three-legged stool: knock one leg out and the whole thing comes crumbling down. What happens when each leg is prone to snapping, over and over again, …

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