Science & Environment

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Devastating Quebec train crash reaffirms dangers of oil

Whether the explosion's origins lie in criminal activity or not, the train crash follows a string of oil-related disasters this year, indicating how risky oil transport is.

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Detroit protests tar sands facilities

"From start to finish, these tar sands are a terrible idea."

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Major oil-water spill darkens Alberta, Canada

In the wetlands of northern Alberta, Canada, outside the town of Zama City, everything is stained with the thick, pungent blackness of oil.

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Students, community protest Utah tar sands conference

Students and concerned citizens from a variety of organizations held a protest at a conference of the Institute for Clean and Secure Energy. The institute promotes use of tar sands, oil shale and coal.

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Major explosion at Detroit tarsands refinery

A major explosion occurred on April 27 at the Marathon Detroit Refinery in Detroit, sending a thick plume of black smoke into the sky above and pollution into the air.

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Michigan, Louisiana latest victims of oil, chemical spills

April 1 was no joke in Lansing, Michigan, when equipment at a power plant malfunctioned and caused 300 gallons of oil to leak into the Grand River.

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Impending disaster uncovered at Louisiana refinery

An EPA inspection uncovered numerous air quality and job safety and health violations that ExxonMobil did not report at the nation's second largest oil refinery.

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Steelworkers, allies push oil industry to increase safety at refineries

How bad is the oil refining industry's pollution and worker safety problem? Well, let's put it this way: It virtually ruined an industry-backed Thanksgiving Day parade.

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Thousands protest Enbridge pipeline in Canada

In Canada, thousands of protesters flooded the lawn of the British Columbia Legislature building in Victoria for a "Defend Our Coast" demonstration.

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Lax rules letting drillers pollute the earth

The methods are controversial enough. But activists have pointed out that oil and gas drilling have a nasty side effect.

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