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Oil coats a fish killed by a recent pipeline rupture in northwest Alberta (photo: Mike Hudema)

Another Major Oil Spill in Alberta: Regrets, Pollution, and Big Money Collide Again

6/13/2012 // By Peter LaFontaine

There’s a point when accidents start getting so routine that they stop being “accidents” and become something else entirely. A second major oil spill in Alberta has put communities and wildlife at risk, but the calls for dangerous tar sands pipelines remain as strong as ever. Read more >

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Alberta Oil Spill: 924,000 Gallons and Rising

5/31/2012 // By Peter LaFontaine

A major oil pipeline spill in Alberta, Canada has dealt another painful blow in the fight against reckless development. Read more >

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 >

Why We Should Pay Attention to Oil Pipelines

4/30/2012 // By Guest Author

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. Read more >

Dolphins are dying in unprecedented numbers

Two Years Later, Dolphins Dying at Unprecedented Rates

4/20/2012 // By Lacey McCormick

Today marks two years since the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded, killing 11 men and ultimately sending more than 200 million gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Since the start of the spill, more than 500 dolphins have […] Read more >

Jeff Phillips, Environmental Contaminants Coordinator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, rescues a brown pelican from Barataria Bay in Grand Isle, La June 4, 2010.

All Eyes on the Senate

2/23/2012 // By Lacey McCormick

Last week, pelicans and other wildlife in the Gulf got some promising news when the House of Representatives passed an amendment dedicating 80 percent of Clean Water Act fines from the BP oil spill to Gulf restoration. The amendment, introduced […] Read more >

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Alaska Well Blowout Still Out of Control While Congress Wants to Drill in Polar Bear Country

2/16/2012 // By Bentley Johnson

Breaking news reports are coming in that an exploratory oil and gas well on Alaska’s North Slope has triggered a blowout that is still out of control. Meanwhile, Congress is pulling out every trick in the bag to open up […] Read more >

Send a Valentine to the Gulf

Three Ways to Show Your Love for the Gulf

2/14/2012 // By Lacey McCormick

Valentine’s Day is the day you show a little extra love for all the special people in your life. But what about those special places? The BP oil disaster sent over 200 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of […] Read more >

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Tar Sands or Farm Lands? Keystone XL’s Threat To America’s Breadbasket

2/9/2012 // By Peter LaFontaine

The Ogallala aquifer, which provides 30% of the water used for crop irrigation in the United States, is still threatened by plans to build the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. Read more >

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From the Great Lakes to Coastal Louisiana: Climate Change Will Affect Everyone

1/30/2012 // By Celia Haven

I spent last week in New Orleans, Louisiana, at the American Meteorological Society’s Annual Meeting. The Great Lakes Regional Center‘s Adaptation Program Manager Melinda Koslow and I traveled to the Big Easy to learn about climate change programs around the country […] Read more >