On the eighth memorial of the BP disaster, let’s support the individuals and communities sickened by the BP disaster and by multiple system response failures. In this ongoing nightmare, we can work toward justice for BP victims and their families and toward system-wide accountability to avert similar tragedies in the future. Hundreds of thousands of…

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ALERT received requests for basic information about the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) from allies who are standing with the Standing Rock Sioux Nation to support their 1868 treaty rights to protect their land and water. The Fort Laramie Treaty – like every other treaty with Native American Tribes – has been broken by the United…

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Mobile, Alabama. For the past three months, an alliance of oil-spill survivors, academics, trained first responders, fence-line and frontline community residents, and community organizers in Houston, Mobile, and Coden, Alabama, have worked with ALERT, myself and Emily L. Harris, to develop a concept and a course. Toxic Trespass is the first in a series of…

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First of all, congratulations! The EPA received 487 comments on its proposed rulemaking on use of dispersants and other products during oil spill response. ALERT, a handful of other groups, and over 460 ordinary citizens––many empowered by ALERT’s webinars, talking points, and social media—filed a total of 472 comments. Each commenter can opt to join…

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Vancouver, BC.  You’ve probably heard about THE Keystone XL pipeline, but have you heard about the other major pipelines just like it? It’s a fact. Multiple pipelines link the land-locked Alberta tar sands to seaports in the United States and Canada for oil export. While the Keystone XL project has been used as a political…

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Canada’s move to legalize toxic dispersants may thwart efforts to ban them in the United States, because the two countries work together to “harmonize” environmental (and other) policies. ALERT has requested that U.S. EPA take proactive international action to ban toxic dispersants in oil spill response. Help ALERT leverage our comments into final rules by…

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Learn from the experts—the people who live with the consequences of the EPA’s decisions. Panelists will share concerns, successes with citizens’ oversight, and key recommendations for the EPA rulemaking. Panelists include: √ Emily Harris, MPH, survivor of the Exxon Pegasus tar sands spill in Mayflower, Arkansas; √ Lyman Welch, with Alliance for the Great Lakes;…

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Click here to go to the Federal Register and make your comment to the EPA. Look for the button at the top right hand corner that says, “Submit a formal comment.” IMPORTANT: The form asks for an organization name. Put your own name in the field. We are all entitled to comment. You do not…

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