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Tar Sands Exposed Tour Shows Human, Environmental Cost of Dirty Fuel

1/28/2014 // By Jim Murphy

The contrast of images is stark, startling.  Scenes of majestic beauty untouched by the hands of people and scraped earth scraped made toxic and lifeless.  Images of the earth’s bounty; images of greed. Such are the images and stories of […] Read more >

Moose foraging in late winter. Photo by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Bill Gorton.

Tar Sands in our Tanks? Tracing Extreme Energy on its way to New England

1/23/2014 // By Annie Mackin

So far, New England has remained virtually free of the extreme, polluting form of energy known as tar sands. Less than 1 percent of our fuel comes from the viscous, tarry, carbon-intensive substance that must be strip mined or steamed […] Read more >

Kaity and Brett give interview at the end of their trek in South Portland

Portland-Montreal Pipeline Trek Wrap Up

1/22/2014 // By Guest Author

Guest post by Brett Chamberlin Monday marked the end of Kaity Thomson and Brett Chamberlin’s traverse of the Portland-Montreal Pipeline, a journey that brought them across Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. Kaity, a student at the University of New Hampshire, […] Read more >

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

2013 Was Historically Awful For U.S. Oil Train Disasters

1/21/2014 // By Miles Grant

How much crude oil did trains spill across America in 2013? More than had been spilled in TOTAL in the nearly four decades since the federal government began collecting data on such spills, reports McClatchy’s Curtis Tate: Including major derailments […] Read more >

Reindeer at Santa's Village, NH

Portland-Montreal Pipeline Trek Day 4 – Visiting Area Businesses

1/18/2014 // By Guest Author

Guest Post by Brett Chamberlin Rivers and forests aren’t the only places intersected by the Portland-Montreal Pipeline. The aging crude oil pipeline also passes under dozens of business properties. Hundreds more are situated downstream along waterways at risk of contamination […] Read more >

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Portland-Montreal Pipeline Trek Day 3 – Visiting the Site of a Previous PMPL Spill

1/17/2014 // By Guest Author

Guest post by Brett Chamberlin With every step along our traverse of the Portland-Montreal Pipeline, one question weighs on our minds – what if crude oil were to spill from the pipeline right here? A pipeline spill isn’t as remote […] Read more >

The 70-foot wide, 326-mile right of way for the Portland-Montreal Pipeline. Photo by Brett Chamberlin.

Portland-Montreal Pipeline Trek Day 2 – A View from Victory State Forest, VT

1/16/2014 // By Guest Author

Guest Post by: Brett Chamberlin The first day of our weeklong trek along the Portland-Montreal Pipeline was unseasonably warm, despite the persistent rain. In Northern Vermont, the few remaining patches of snow melted, evaporated, and settled upon the fields and […] Read more >

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Students Trek the Portland-Montreal Tar Sands Pipeline

1/15/2014 // By Guest Author

Guest Post by Brett Chamberlin On Tuesday, NWF Campus Ecology Fellow Kaity Thomson began a week-long trek of the Portland-Montreal Pipeline, a WWII-era pipeline that Big Oil wants to retrofit to pump tar sands crude through Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. For […] Read more >

An oil transport train travels through Bad Rock Canyon, Montana, just west of Columbia Falls. Flickr photo by Roy Luck.

Don’t Accept False Choices, the Right Choice is Denying Keystone XL

1/9/2014 // By Jim Murphy

The recent collision and explosion of oil rail cars in North Dakota followed by the evacuation and fire aboard on oil train in New Brunswick, have again highlighted the extreme dangers of transporting oil. These accidents are just a few […] Read more >

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Wildlife Photos that Inspire

1/6/2014 // By Jennifer Janssen

In 2013, wildlife advocates like you made a big difference—sending over 1.5 million messages to decision-makers in support of wildlife! Thanks to you orca’s habitat was protected from three harmful coal export terminals proposed in the Pacific Northwest, whooping cranes’ […] Read more >