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Five Things to Know about the Tar Sands Threat to American Birds

6/9/2014 // By Roger Di Silvestro

Tar sands—a mixture of sand, clay and water from which a dense and extremely viscous form of petroleum, called bitumen, can be extracted—underlie more than 54,000 square miles of northeastern Alberta, Canada. Roughly the size of Florida, this area marks […] Read more >

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

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, […] Read more >

The NWF team speaking up for wildlife at the Reject and Protect rally.

Reject and Protect: Native Tribes and Ranchers rally against the Keystone Pipeline

4/28/2014 // By Mollie Simon

This Saturday, thousands of cowboys, Native Americans, environmental activists and concerned citizens took to the streets of D.C. in protest of the Keystone XL pipeline. This rally and march was the culmination of a weeklong “Reject and Protect” encampment on […] Read more >

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A Growing Chorus to Protect Wildlife from Tar Sands in New England

4/25/2014 // By Jim Murphy

The chorus of concern in New England over a likely tar sands pipeline project that would be devastating for wildlife just keeps getting louder.  On April 18, Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte joined the rest of the New Hampshire congressional delegation […] Read more >

Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline Decision Delayed Again

4/18/2014 // By Lena Moffitt

The State Department announced today that it will delay the decision-making process on the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, citing the need for more clarity around the project’s route.  This delay is the result of polluter allies again trying to […] Read more >

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World leaders call on President Obama to reject Keystone XL

4/16/2014 // By Lena Moffitt

Today a group of Nobel Peace Prize winners, including former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, issued a letter to President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry, calling on them to reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. Their letter urges President Obama […] Read more >

The loss of boreal forest habitat from tar sands development puts the survival of thousands of Alberta woodland caribou at risk.

March With Us to Reject the Keystone Pipeline and Protect Our Wildlife

4/11/2014 // By Samantha Lockhart

On Saturday, April 26, thousands will be joining a brave and bold alliance of tribal communities, ranchers and farmers here in Washington, D.C. to demonstrate and make sure President Obama recognizes the true cost of approving the Keystone XL pipeline. […] Read more >

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

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

4/1/2014 // By Annie Mackin

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 and into their street, covering everything in black muck and […] Read more >

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

3/28/2014 // By Jim Murphy

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 wrecked enough habitat, crews had to build a new road […] Read more >

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Governors Must Take a Stand Against Tar Sands

3/26/2014 // By Carol Oldham

Citizens, towns and organizations have taken a stand against tar sands oil, the climate polluting oil-of-last-resort from Canada that Exxon Mobil and Enbridge want to bring into Northern New England’s pristine back country and waterways. Now it is time for […] Read more >