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One Month After the Plains Oil Spill

Rep. Lois Capps | Posted 06.22.2015 | Green
Rep. Lois Capps

The Plains Spill is yet another tragic reminder that oil spills happen and will continue to happen as long as we depend on fossil fuels for our energy needs. Until we can move beyond oil, we must do everything we can to ensure safety -- not profit -- remains our number one priority. Our economy and our environment depend on it.

Kate Sheppard

Firefighters' Union Says New Oil-By-Rail Rules Fall Short | Kate Sheppard | Posted 05.05.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The largest union representing firefighters in North America said Tuesday that a new Department of Transportation rule for transporting ...

Kate Sheppard

Transportation Department Releases New Safety Rules For Oil By Rail | Kate Sheppard | Posted 05.01.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Transportation announced new regulations for transporting oil and other flammable liquids by rail on Friday, foll...

Heather Zichal, Former Obama Energy Aide, Named Fellow at Industry-Funded Atlantic Council

Steve Horn | Posted 03.24.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

Heather Zichal, former top climate and energy aide to President Barack Obama his top aide in crafting his 2008 presidential campaign energy platform, has joined the industry-funded Atlantic Council as a fellow at its Global Energy Center.

Rail CEOs to Investors: "Bomb Trains" Safe At Almost Any Speed

Steve Horn | Posted 10.13.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogBurlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) recently said it would proceed with plans to increase speeds for oil-by-rail unit trai...

New Jersey Explosion Serves As Reminder for Safety Vigilance

Brigham A. McCown | Posted 05.06.2014 | Business
Brigham A. McCown

By requiring increased implementation of new technologies tied to detailed procedures, we can increase safety for everyone involved, from utility personnel and construction workers to the general public.

Kate Sheppard

Exploding Trains Spark Debate Over Safety Of Shipping Crude Oil | Kate Sheppard | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The agency that oversees pipeline and hazardous material safety in the United States issued a warning late Thursday that oil extracted f...

Public Citizen: Dents, Holes in Keystone XL Southern Half Weeks Before Planned Startup

Steve Horn | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Public Citizen has released a chilling report revealing that the 485-mile KXL southern line is plagued by dents, faulty welding, exterior damage that was patched up poorly and misshapen bends, among other troubling anomalies.

Federal Pipeline Regulatory Body Re-Opens Line Causing Biggest Fracked Oil Spill in US History

Steve Horn | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

A month after over 865,200 gallons of oil spilled from Tesoro Logistics' 6-inch pipeline near Tioga, North Dakota, the cause of the leak is still largely unknown to anyone but Tesoro. The pipeline resumed operations today.

Kate Sheppard

Pipeline Regulators Spent More Time With Industry Than On Oil Spills (REPORT) | Kate Sheppard | Posted 10.23.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Transportation Department office charged with overseeing the 2.6 million miles of pipelines in the United States is spending more ti...

Government Investigation Provides Damning Picture of the Kalamazoo Tar Sands Spill

Anthony Swift | Posted 09.10.2012 | Green
Anthony Swift

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) heard the major findings of its two-year investigation of the Enbridge tar sands pipeline spill, which released more than a million gallons of corrosive tar sands into the Kalamazoo River watershed in July 2010.

Weekly Mulch: Monsanto's Mutant Alfalfa and the Feral Pig Invasion

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
The Media Consortium

by Sarah Laskow, Media Consortium blogger Agribusiness giant Monsanto is strengthening its hold over the food system both in this country and abroad,...

Natural Gas Pipeline Crisis Plans Kept From Public

AP | SHARON THEIMER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Federal investigators are examining whether the California utility whose natural gas pipeline explosion killed at least eight peopl...