Firm With History of Spill Cover-Ups Hired to Clean Up North Dakota Oil Spill

By: Wednesday November 27, 2013 3:25 pm

Tesoro Logistics — the company whose pipeline spilled more than 800,000 gallons of fracked Bakken Shale oil in rural North Dakota in September — has hired infamous contractor Witt O’Brien’s to oversee its clean-up of the biggest oil spill in U.S. history.


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

By: Saturday November 2, 2013 11:45 am

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.

New Documents Reveal More Questions Than Answers in Tesoro’s North Dakota Oil Spill

By: Wednesday October 23, 2013 5:46 pm

North Dakota, long known for its cattle ranches and open spaces, has recently become one of the oil and gas industry’s most prized (and profitable) possessions, thanks to the advent of fracking. However, the price of oil and gas industry development is paid in destruction to the environment and strains to the regulatory framework meant to protect the public from a reckless industry, as Tesoro’s massive oil spill attests.

Grandma Millie Got Her Revenge, But the Energy Companies Aren’t Giving Up

By: Saturday November 6, 2010 9:04 am

While the national press has been focused on counting Democrats and Republicans in the next Congress, they are missing what was a preview of the kind of political fighting we’re going to see in the next two years: anonymous donors funneling large sums of money through 501(c)4 organizations to hide their activities from view. In the battle over California’s Prop 23 — a proposal to repeal CA’s landmark 2006 global warming law — that’s exactly what happened.

For a preview of what we’re sure to see on a large scale in the next two years, I’d like to introduce you to a small little group called the Adam Smith Foundation . . .

Enron, the Koch Brothers, and Grandma Millie’s Revenge

By: Saturday September 4, 2010 4:00 pm

Texas energy companies stuck it to California a decade ago, and now they’re coming back again to try to derail California’s law on greenhouse gas emissions.

The Energy Plant Explosion You Didn’t Hear About

By: Thursday April 8, 2010 7:20 pm

The disaster at the Upper Big Branch mine in Coalmont, West Virginia has justifiably brought a lot of attention to the issue of worker safety and the need for strong regulation to protect America’s workers. But this is the kind of story you can write every day in America.

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