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

The Week in Fossil Fuel Disasters

2/19/2014 // By Avelino Maestas

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, repeatedly? That’s the story of our fossil-fuel economy: the extraction, […] Read more >

White-tailed deer image by N. and M.J. Mishler (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service).

Despite Industry Bullying, New England Stands Up to Tar Sands

12/27/2013 // By Annie Mackin

The City Council of South Portland, Maine, responded last week to wide concern among residents and passed a 180-day moratorium on any move to transport tar sands there. How did this happen? Residents learned about tar sands and the potential […] Read more >

Great blue heron in flight. Photo by National WildlifePhoto Contest entrant LaMar Horton.

Members of Congress Take First Step to Protect Wildlife from Oil Spills

12/20/2013 // By Beth Wallace

Over 4,000 citizens nationwide have united to pressure our Great Lakes Senators to protect our waters from oil spills! After having a flood of concerned constituents reach out to their offices, Sens. Carl Levin, Debbie Stabenow and Dick Durbin came together […] Read more >

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Northeast Tar Sands Project Should Need U.S. Dept. of State Approval

12/11/2013 // By Annie Mackin

Some promising news in the fight to keep Vermont tar sands free recently came out of Washington, D.C. Through a FOIA request, National Wildlife Federation obtained a letter that the State Department sent in August to the Portland Pipe Line […] Read more >

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BREAKING: Enbridge Tar Sands Pipeline Accident in Minnesota

4/24/2013 // By Peter LaFontaine

Will the company’s latest pipeline accident imperil its chances for a massive expansion in the Great Lakes? Read more >

It's hard to ignore 50,000 protesters in your front yard -- and dozens of members of Congress paid attention (Photo: 350.org)

Congress Joins the Chorus of Boos Against Keystone XL

4/24/2013 // By Peter LaFontaine

Momentum against the dirty project continues, as dozens of members of Congress urge the US State Department to fix its flawed analysis. Read more >

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The Lies of a Tar Sands Spill — Take Two

4/3/2013 // By Beth Wallace

Oil from an Exxon tar sands pipeline rupture continues to spread — coating a creek, wetland, homes and making its way toward a nearby lake. Making matters worse, the rainy weather forecasted for coming days will continue to hinder the containment […] Read more >

Kalamazoo River Enbridge Oil Spill

Enbridge’s Nose Grows a lot Longer

3/14/2013 // By Beth Wallace

In a recent hearing to determine the fate of the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline project, Enbridge told regulators, decision makers and the public that tar sands oil floats in water. This is according to an industry backed study conducted in […] Read more >

(Photo: Louis Vest)

Keystone XL: Exports, Not Energy Security

3/11/2013 // By Peter LaFontaine

Oil industry executives and Canadian politicians agree — Keystone XL is designed to export oil out of North America. So why isn’t anyone on this side of the border paying attention? Read more >

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Congress Sees Its Shadow, Tries to Destroy Winter

2/1/2013 // By Peter LaFontaine

With two more members aiming to force construction of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, Congress seems to be living in a time warp. Read more >