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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, …

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 …

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 …

Coventry Village Bridge

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 …

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 …

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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 …

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 …


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’ …


Weekly News Roundup: January 3, 2014

1/3/2014 // By Anne Goddard

What’s happening at National Wildlife Federation this week? A New Year’s Resolution for Congress. Keep public lands in public hands. New England Stands Against Tar Sands. A Maine town says “no” to toxic tar sands. Christmas Tree Crisis. Four tips to recycle your …

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 …