tar sands

An osprey seen flying over the Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge, followed by a black tern. Photo Credit: Ken Sturm, USFWS

Exploring the Missisquoi River – What’s at Stake from a Tar Sands Spill in Vermont?

On a lazy August afternoon in the Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge, the wide river flows under gently bobbing white and yellow water lilies, around easily missed turtles basking on rocks, …

Train carrying crude oil from ND wrecks & spills into wetlands in AL, Nov. 2013 (Flickr: Public Herald/John Wathen)

This Is All You Need to Know About How Much Big Oil Cares About Safety

The U.S. Department of Transportation is taking an important step forward to protect America’s communities and wildlife from the immense risks of the cheapest, most dangerous crude oil trains. But the …

A moose passes through Pierce Pond in Maine. South Portland's City Council this week showed that local communities can band together in powerful ways to stand up for themselves and their wildlife. Photo credit: Flickr user Michael Lepore.

Tar Sands Vote in Maine Shows Communities Can Stand Up For Wildlife and Win Big

The people of South Portland, Maine, made historic news last night. Based on overwhelming vocal public concern about the dangers of toxic tar sands to wildlife and the community, the …

Photo by Ian Matchett|Flickr

Meeting of Governors and Premiers a Big Opportunity for Northeast Wildlife

This week, the governors of New England states are meeting with leaders of Canada’s Eastern provinces in the mountains of New Hampshire, at the annual New England Governors and Eastern …

Along the propose route of KXL, spills could have endangered the Yellowstone and Missouri Rivers, the massive Ogallala aquifer, and the wildlife, like pallid sturgeon, sandhill and whooping Cranes, piping plovers, and other wildlife that live there. Photo by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Jane Becker.

Scientists Call for Tar Sands Moratorium

In a pointed article in the prestigious journal Nature, eight scientists and economists call for a moratorium on new tar sands projects “unless developments are consistent with national and international commitments …

Not only would Vermont moose be threatened by a tar sands spill here, but they also face challenges due to climate change that will be exacerbated by runaway tar sands expansion. Credit: David Govatski USFWS

Vermont Leads New England on Path to Cleaner Fuel Mix

As more Vermonters learn about the threat of climate disrupting tar sands—one of the planet’s dirtiest and most carbon polluting fuels—being transported through the Northeast Kingdom via an aging oil …

Weekly News Roundup: Migratory Birds at Risk and more

Canadian tar sand developments are impacting North American migratory birds, according to a report released Wednesday by National Wildlife Federation and our state affiliates. As the report details, these harmful …

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From Pristine Bird Haven to Toxic Trap: Canada’s Tar Sands Threaten New England Birds

When Americans talk about tar sands, one of the most pernicious and devastating industrial undertakings the world has ever seen, those lucky enough not to have a pipeline running through …

Photo donated by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Maggie Bond.

The Beauty, Majesty and Variety of Ducks Challenged by Tar Sands

Bufflehead, black and wood ducks, canvasback, gadwall, goldeneye, mallard, pintail, redhead, ring-necked, ruddy, scaup, scoter, shoveler, teal, and widgeon: to duck hunters and bird watchers alike, the characteristics of those …

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

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 …

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