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Demanding Respect for Worker Safety

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 04.11.2015 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

In Anacortes, Wash., last week, approximately 200 Tesoro workers began picketing the oil refinery where an explosion incinerated seven of their co-workers five years earlier.

Tesoro Begins Cleanup of Massive Oil Pipeline Spill in North Dakota (PHOTOS)

Jesse Coleman | Posted 10.01.2014 | Green
Jesse Coleman

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.

Two Workers Sprayed By Acid At Tesoro Refinery

Reuters | Posted 05.10.2014 | Green

March 10 (Reuters) - Two workers were sprayed by sulfuric acid at Tesoro Corp's Golden Eagle refinery in Martinez, California, on Monday, the second...

The Iron Law of Toxic Extraction

Carl Pope | Posted 05.03.2014 | Green
Carl Pope

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.

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.

Oil Company Detected Anomalies Before 20,000 Barrel Spill

Reuters | Posted 12.18.2013 | Green

Oct 17 (Reuters) - Tesoro Logistics LP on Thursday said it detected anomalies during an inspection of its 20-year-old North Dakota pipeline days bef...

PHOTOS: The Oil Spill North Dakota Tried to Keep Secret

Philip Radford | Posted 12.14.2013 | Green
Philip Radford

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.

As critics press for action, Chemical Safety Board investigations languish

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 06.18.2013 | Green
The Center for Public Integrity

By Jim Morris and Chris Hamby April 17, 2013 This story was originally published by The Center for Public Integrity, which is a nonprofit, nonpartis...

Washington State Department of Revenue Should Make More of Its Tax Rulings Public

Christopher Bergin | Posted 02.12.2013 | Politics
Christopher Bergin

Taxpayers crave certainty above all else. They want to know both what the law is and how to follow it, and they need to be comfortable that taxing authorities are enforcing the law consistently.

Workers of the World Unite -- With Shareholders

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 07.21.2012 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

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.

Dying for Work

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.12.2012 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

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.

Regulatory Flaws, Repeated Violations Put Oil Refinery Workers At Risk

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

By Jim Morris and Chris Hamby and M.B. Pell The Center for Public Integrity One evening last April at the Tesoro Corp.'s refinery in Anacortes, Wa...

Tree Hugging Ain't the (Only) Reason Californians Endorsed Climate and Clean Energy (Prop. 23)

Donnie Fowler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Donnie Fowler

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.

Litmus Test: California Voters to Determine Fate of Climate Change Bill

Tina Gerhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Tina Gerhardt

A number of regional agreements in the united States and Canada limit greenhouse gas emissions. What's stopping them from becoming national legislation? Corporate interests.

Mapping the Money and PR Behind Prop 23

Ryan Van Lenning | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Ryan Van Lenning

At least 92% of contributions being pumped into Prop 23 are from energy companies that would be regulated by the energy and climate legislation they are trying to overturn.

The Other California Ballot Horror

Preeti Vissa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Preeti Vissa

Instead of polluters paying for the harm they cause, taxpayers will get stuck with the bill

Defeat Proposition 23

Gene Karpinski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Gene Karpinski

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.

Jurassic Ballot: When Corporations Ruled the Earthrop 23

Rebecca Solnit | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Rebecca Solnit

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.

Think Prop 23 Is Bad? So Is Prop 26

Mike Sandler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Mike Sandler

If you think Prop 23 is bad, check out Prop 26. This one has a lower profile, but could be just a terrible for the green economy.

NRDC Action Fund Recommends: NO on Propositions 23 and 26; YES on 21 and 25

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Heather Taylor-Miesle

On November 2nd, will we continue California's proud tradition of cutting edge clean technology and environmental leadership or slip backward toward greater reliance on dirty energy?

An Enemy of the People: Texas Money vs. Clean Air

Bob Burnett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bob Burnett

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.

Standing Up Against the Oil Lobby, in California and Beyond

Al Gore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Al Gore

Attacks from the oil lobby aren't over, and its reach is spreading. Critical federal laws like the Clean Air Act and state climate change laws must be defended, in California and beyond.

Why Do Texas Energy Companies Hate California?

John DeCock | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
John DeCock

Enron is gone, collapsed under the weight of their own greed and corruption. But it is clear that the fossil fuel pushers from Texas don't want to see California go into rehab.

Fighting Big Texas Oil in California

Preeti Vissa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Preeti Vissa

By strangling efforts to move away from oil and other dirty energy, California's Proposition 23 guarantees that our children will continue to breathe polluted air for decades.

Proposition 23: Texas Oil Giants Invest Heavily To Repeal California Global Warming Act

The Huffington Post | Hunter Stuart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

California's Proposition 23 is shaping up to be a big fight. The proposition would suspend California's Assembly Ballot 32 (AB 32), otherwise known ...