Though the Keystone XL pipeline has been delayed due to popular backlash, oil and related hazardous materials continue to flow through the United States on trains and through pipelines. Increasingly these pipelines leak, contaminating the surrounding area with hazardous chemicals like benzene.
A well-understood and established industrial process -- refining oil -- conducted in two states with rigorous environmental regulation and robust enforcement, every year, kills or injures workers. And the company responsible stonewalls inspectors.
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.
By the time clean up crews made it out to Steve Jensen's field, over 20,000 barrels of oil had spilled, making this one of the largest spills in state history. It took nearly two weeks after Jensen first reported the spill for the state to finally make the news public.
In the wake of Wall Street recklessness that caused economic collapse, Congress gave shareholders and citizens Dodd-Frank to help them constrain self-dealing corporate executives. The 99% Coalition and shareholders are working with those tools even as Republicans vow to take them away.
Every day, 12 workers die on the job in America -- often because a corporation has defied regulations or ignored standard safety procedures. Many more die prematurely from work exposure to toxic materials.
Just after Labor Day, the race was tied, and with only ten days to go, the lead was barely in double digits. The ultimate 22-point defeat of Prop. 23 arose because of tremendous work by a broad coalition.
Corporate polluters have successfully blocked climate legislation in the Senate, making it more important than ever to beat back the deceptive effort by Texas oil companies to kill California's clean energy initiative.
The oil dinosaurs want to win so badly in my home state because the nation often follows where California goes. Winning, however, depends on what happens when voters look at that deceptive label, "California Jobs Initiative," on their ballot.
Polls now show that opponents of California's anti-environment ballot initiative outnumber supporters by eleven points. But there are still many undecided voters and the barrage of polluter-funded deceptive ads is just starting.