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  • In North Dakota Oilfield Spill Problems Worsen; State Officials Misrepresent North Dakota’s Spill Problem

    Wastewater - also called saltwater or brine - is a common by product of oil and gas drilling. Wastewater spills are a common occurrence in North Dakota's oilfield. Inside Energy looked into state data to find out HOW common, and then used this analysis when the largest saltwater spill in state history occurred in January of 2015. We found that spills were on the increase, and that state officials regularly downplayed or misrepresented the spills. While oil spills generate headlines, wastewater spills are more devastating and can leave farmland sterile for generations.
  • Crude Awakening: 37 years of Alberta oil spills

    A multimedia series - including time-lapse animation, interactive infographics, photos, video and text - telling the story of oil spills in Alberta. The series, spawned by a months-long FOI quest, explores the nitty-gritty of the spills and data themselves but also analyzes the degree and quality of government oversight of a rapidly growing industry that is coming under unprecedented scrutiny. The stories told are both macro and micro - personal anecdotes and broader policy and oversight implications.
  • Deep Trouble

    The Journal's initial coverage of the Gulf Oil Spill posed many questions about the impact of the spill. It also revealed that the Deepwater Horizon rig didn't have a remote-control shut-off switch, a feature used as a last-resort protection against oil spills.
  • Hurricane Katrina environmental coverage

    In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans and the surrounding areas faced high environmental risks. This series of stories covers the effect that Katrina and the resulting floods had on the area. It uncovered risk ranging from oil spills to high mercury levels.
  • The Human Factor

    16 years after the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill efforts to reduce crew work hours, crack down on alcohol use and improve tug escorts are being evaded or undermined. The industry and regulators are relying on new tankers they say are far less susceptible to trouble. But the investigation revealed that spills have gone unreported, alcohol is still being consumed on the ships and risky behavior is still characteristic in the industry.
  • Danger on the Water

    After the Exxon Valdez fouled the Alaskan coastline with 11 million gallons of oil in 1989, federal lawmakers enacted some of the strictest spill prevention measures in the world. But safety advocates say attempts by the worldwide shipping industry to shave costs and reduce liability are undermining the effectiveness of those spill prevention measures.
  • Blue Frontier - Saving America's Living Seas

    Helvarg's book explores "the impact of history, commerce and policy on marine life" from the World War II until today. The author looks at the latest controversies related to beach closures, oil spills and natural disasters in the sea, and finds that "sensible politics can still halt the onslaught of industrial destruction, despite today's wide-open development along our coasts and in our offshore waters." The book follows "the money trail to the water's edge," and sheds light on how various industries vying for profits have spurred some of the today's major oceanic issues.
  • Ground zero

    Amicus examines how drilling and other activities of oil companies in Alaska have disturbed the people Nuiqsut, an Inupiat Eskimo village an Alaska's North Slope. "Big oil offered a village of Inupiat Eskimos jobs and economic boom. All it asked for in return was their way of life," the magazine reports. The story reveals that the environmental problems in Alaska include water quality changes, air pollution, land use conflicts, oil spills, increased traffic and noise, and disturbance to fish and wildlife species. The latter has forced Eskimos to give up some of their traditional food. For example, a huge arctic caribou's herd has moved away from the oil development area, and a bottom fish - an Eskimos' delicacy - now has elevated levels of toxics.
  • The Killing Fields

    In fuel-rich Nigeria, the people and the environment pay for the harvest of gas and oil. Of the most deadly consequences are explosions brought on by leaking gas pipelines, sometimes sabotaged by Nigerians looking for gas to sell on the black market. Oil spills have also devastated certain communities with their polluted aftermath.
  • Where the Land Meets the Sea

    Coastal habitat is disintegrating at a rate unprecedented in recorded history. The onslaught includes: pollution from industrial and household wastes and agricultural run-off; massive fish kills caused by oil spills and the cooling-water intakes of electrical plants; diversions of freshwater from dams; global warming and ozone layer depletion.