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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 >

baby moose

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 >

Bicknell's Thrush. Photo by Steve D. Faccio (Vermont Center for Ecostudies)

You’re Invited: Retirement Party for the Portland-Montreal Pipeline

3/20/2014 // By Annie Mackin

NWF recently released documents showing the company that owns the Portland-Montreal pipeline estimated its pipes to have a 60-year life span. We did the math: The pipe built in 1950 passed its projected retirement date in 2010. So we’d like […] Read more >

Transporting tar sands through Vermont would directly threaten the moose, fish and birds that rely on clean water to survive. Photo donated by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Marin Packer.

Vermont Towns Protect Wildlife and Vote ‘No’ on Tar Sands

3/6/2014 // By Annie Mackin

Town Meeting Day 2014 was a great day in the continued fight to keep tar sands out of Vermont and protect wildlife like moose from this dirty oil. When people from around the state gathered in our time-honored tradition 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 >

moose and young by mamanat

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 >

Looking north on the Lamoille River. Photo credit: Annie Mackin.

Fight to Keep Vermont Tar-Sands Free

12/2/2013 // By Annie Mackin

Even as temperatures drop below freezing and we look ahead to another long winter, the fight to keep Vermont tar-sands-free is heating up. A group of volunteers, activists and community leaders from all corners of the state—as well as New Hampshire and Maine—is building momentum […] Read more >

Moose with calf

The South Portland, Maine Vote to Protect Wildlife from Dirty Oil

10/31/2013 // By Carol Oldham

Update:  The Nov. 5th initiative in South Portland, Maine was narrowly defeated. See more below.   Right now, Big Oil is trying to pump millions of gallons of dirty tar sands oil through sensitive wildlife habitat—crossing pristine lakes, rivers and […] Read more >

Mt. Wonalancet, NH, not far from the route of the Portland-Montreal Pipeline (photo: Chris Schoenboem)

New Englanders Invade DC to Stay Tar Sands Free

5/8/2013 // By Peter LaFontaine

An intrepid crew from Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire visited our nation’s capitol to press for action on the tar sands threat to New England. Will their message stick? Read more >

Moose

Northeasterners Fight Back Against Tar Sands Project

4/25/2013 // By Carol Oldham

The tar sands industry — responsible for toxic oil spills across the Midwest and Arkansas — is plotting to bring this dirty fuel straight through New England. They seek to reverse the flow of two existing pipelines in order to ship tar sands oil […] Read more >