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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 >

credit, Susanne Miller/USFWS

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 >

Mississippi Freighter

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 >

Whooping Cranes

Tar Sands Spell Big Trouble for Whooping Cranes

1/10/2012 // By Robyn Carmichael

The recovery of the North American whooping crane is one of conservation’s most inspiring success stories. A century ago, there were thought to be between 500 and 1,400 of these birds living in the wild, but loss of habitat and […] Read more >

Oil spill cleanup worker in Commerce City, CO (NWF photo)

Crews Report Progress in Stopping Spill at Colorado Tar Sands Refinery

12/5/2011 // By Miles Grant

While they’re still working to pinpoint the source, workers have made progress in keeping an oil spill north of Denverfrom getting any worse: Federal officials say a trench dug to block toxic chemicals from seeping from a refinery into a […] Read more >

Oil spill cleanup worker in Commerce City, CO (NWF photo)

As Colorado Oil Spill Cleanup Efforts Continue, Cancer-Causing Benzene Found

12/1/2011 // By Miles Grant

We’re learning more about an oily substance found in the Sand Creek north of Denver, CO. Investigators say it may have leaked from an underground pipeline: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency clean-up coordinators today said the black goo leaking from the […] Read more >