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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 …

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 …

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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 …

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?

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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 …

US Congresswoman Chellie Pingree addresses the crowd in Portland

Thousands Brave the Cold to Say NO to Tar Sands in New England

1/30/2013 // By Jim Murphy

Sub-zero temperatures were no match for an enthusiastic crowd in Portland, who protested a plan to bring the world’s dirtiest oil through their backyard.

Exxon’s Stealth Moves to Run Tar Sands into New England

10/9/2012 // By Tony Iallonardo

We’ve written before about Big Oil’s new playbook on tar sands: using stealth tactics to make it harder for the public to figure out what dangerous projects they have in mind and trying to pull one over on the public. Bearing locally-based …

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New Englanders Take a Stand Against Trailbreaker Pipeline and Dirty Tar Sands Oil

6/20/2012 // By Marine Jaouen

A dirty energy polluter wants to bring tar sands to New Englanders‘ backyards. Organizers in Vermont gathered at Montpelier City Hall to oppose the tar sands oil “Trailbreaker” pipeline that would contaminate drinking water and destroy vital wildlife habitats in …

The Black bear won. Photo Credit: Dan McGowan

Black Bears are On the Move in Vermont

6/7/2012 // By Christine Dorsey

When I moved to Vermont from Washington, DC a few years back, I was excited by the notion of living close to wildlife. We have a wonderful array of creatures big and small in the Green Mountain State, and thankfully, …

Cleanup crews are still working to repair the damage caused by Enbridge's 2010 spill in Michigan (photo: Mic Stolz)

Speak Up Now! Help Stop Big Oil’s Tar Sands Agenda for New England

4/11/2012 // By Peter LaFontaine

Tar sands—a dirty, sludgey oil being produced in Canada—may be oozing into the Northeast soon if Big Oil has its way. You might recognize this dirty product from the heated debate around the “Keystone XL” pipeline, which has received national …

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