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ALERT announces lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency

February 13, 2020

  After eight years of preparation and waiting, The ALERT Project has officially sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over its outdated National Contingency Plan, the nation’s emergency response plan for oil spills.  The Plan was last updated in 1994 – 26 years ago.  Oil companies are supposed to…

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Cancer causing Oil-Chemical Pollutants for making rubber and plastic release into the air during explosion in Texas

December 12, 2019

On November 27, 2019, residents in southeast Texas experienced a devastating public health threat when a 218-acre TPC petrochemical plant blew up in Port Noches, Texas. (Photo credit: NBCNews.com) The plant produces flammable toxic chemicals: raffinate, a petroleum gas, and butadiene, which is used in the production of plastics and…

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Is 2019 the year of oceans or oil spills? ALERT takes new legal action with the EPA

April 7, 2019

It’s said that maritime law is written in blood or oil—after disasters rather than before them. The same can be said of our nation’s emergency oil and chemical disaster response plan, the National Contingency Plan (NCP or the Plan).Our campaign to ban toxic dispersants from use during oil spill response started…

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Riki Ott commemorates the 30th anniversary of Exxon Valdez oil spill in solidarity with Heiltsuk First Nation lawsuit

March 28, 2019

Thirty years ago on March 24, 1989, the Exxon Valdez grounded on Bligh Reef in Prince William Sound, Alaska, spilling 11 million gallons of crude oil into the ocean. This set off a chain of events that still informs decisions and actions today by government, courts, the oil industry—and by…

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BP Deepwater Horizon Medical Victims Deserve Justice

April 20, 2018

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…

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Standing in Solidarity Against the DAPL

October 5, 2016

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…

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Groundhog Day: EPA Postpones Decision on Dispersants & What You Can Do About It NOW

October 5, 2016

Ever feel like you’ve heard the exact same thing before? In April of 2015, EPA promised to make a decision on rules regarding dispersant use in oil spill response in the fall of 2016. Now EPA has decided to postpone the final rules until August 2018 at the earliest.  Sounds…

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Introducing Toxic Trespass – A new teaching tool

April 20, 2016

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…

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What’s next on the EPA’s rulemaking process

January 8, 2016

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…

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Warrior Up – The “Other” Keystone XLs

October 8, 2015

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…

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What’s Next for U.S. EPA Rulemaking on Dispersant Use?

October 7, 2015

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…

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WATCH: Spill Voices Call for Stronger Oil Spill Response

April 28, 2015

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…

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Submit Your Comment to the EPA – Direct Link

March 25, 2015

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…

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WATCH: Webinar on 10 Key points of NCP with Riki Ott

March 25, 2015

Click here to view the webinar: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/4940545913640128257

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WEBINAR: Spill Voices Calling for Stronger Oil Spill Response

March 25, 2015

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at 1:00 Eastern Time CLICK HERE to register. EPA is taking public comment on its proposed new rules governing the use of dispersants and other chemical and biological products on oil spills in U.S. waters until April 22. The proposed rules have huge implications for spills…

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WEBINAR: What’s the Plan? 10 Key Points of the National Contingency Plan for Oil Spills

March 24, 2015

If you sink oil, you sink oil. If you make it harder to remove, you make it harder to remove. It doesn’t matter whether or not the oil hits the bottom of the ocean “deliberately.” Join Riki Ott, PhD, Wednesday, March 25th for an online discussion on the categorization of…

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WATCH: What’s the Plan? Oil Disasters in Your Backyard

March 12, 2015

ARCHIVED WEBINAR You’ve seen the news: Explosions. Toxins running down the rivers we drink from. Wildlife coated in black sludge. Trains, boats, and pipelines run through our neighborhoods all across the nation. Do you know who’s responsible in your area when oil spill disaster occurs? Or if there’s even an…

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What’s the Plan? A webinar series

March 10, 2015

Long-awaited Public Comment Period Opens It’s been 21 years since the EPA considered the rules that govern Oil Spill Response. In that time, our technologies have advanced significantly, while the rules surrounding them remained unchanged. Dangerous dispersants, unconventional oil and gas, and risky transportaion methods have created perilous, sometimes deadly,…

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WATCH: Legal Framework of EPA Rulemaking – Julia LeMense, JD, LLM, MPH

March 5, 2015

Julia LeMense provides an overview of the environmental and disaster management legal framework. This framework provides the statutory authority and rationale for all emergency environmental planning and response activities, including the National Contingency Plan and subpart J, which is the subject of the EPA’s rulemaking and this series of webinars.…

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WATCH: Shaping EPA Policy in Oil Spill Response – Riki Ott, PhD

March 5, 2015

Riki explains the rulemaking process, describes the focus of this rulemaking, and addresses key new or revised rules and their anticipated impact on the environment and public health. She also discusses areas of gaps and some of ALERT’s recommendations. Click here to see the webinar. Dr. Riki Ott witnessed first-hand…

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Tulane Summit On Environmental Law And Policy Panel on EPA Rulemaking

February 23, 2015

Contact: Lisa Marie Jacobs 970-903-6818 campaign@alertproject.org   February 23, 2015 MEDIA ADVISORY – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tulane Summit On Environmental Law And Policy  Adds Panel on EPA Rulemaking   Panel title:  Shaping EPA policy on oil spill response Use of dispersants, chemical and biological agents, and other substances to be…

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WATCH: Science and Policy Webinar for Media

January 21, 2015

If you missed our Science and Policy Webinar for Media, the archive is now posted below. We experienced a few technological difficulties in our original broadcast; those have been corrected in this archive. This webinar features Ira Leifer, PhD; Susan Shaw, DrPH; Sairah Malkin, PhD (standing in for Samantha Joye,…

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Science and Policy WEBINAR for Media

January 13, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JANUARY 12, 2015 Contact:    Lisa Marie Jacobs 970-903-6818 lmjacobs64@gmail.com MEDIA ADVISORY: Science and Policy WEBINAR for Media Understanding the science of dispersants and oil-solvents and upcoming EPA revisions to national oil spill contingency plans On January 14, 2015 at 1:00 pm Eastern Time, the ALERT Project and…

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A Visit from the Ghost of Oil Spills Past

December 31, 2014

The specter of “friendly” chemical dispersants used in oil spill response was just resurrected in a CNN opinion editorial over the weekend. The ghost was adorned with the finest of the oil industry’s favorite sayings of the past 40 years. “…dispersants work like dishwashing soap!” Oh? As any boater knows,…

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What Should Come First: Health or Profit?

December 2, 2014

Just before Thanksgiving, federal Judge Barbier ruled that BP would not be responsible, up-front, for illnesses that were diagnosed after April 2012 in spill response workers. In a media interview, former cleanup workers described flu-like symptoms known as the “BP Crud,” inadequate training, and minimal equipment that failed to protect…

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Guest Blog: Fighting the Madness of Okie Frackland

October 23, 2014

  It’s a gorgeous fall day. We live in the country on a sweet, partially wooded 10-acres with a lovely home outside of Stillwater, Oklahoma. Or, it was.   As I write this blog post, a new rig is setting up. We had planned to retire here and live out…

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And then, we saw it…

September 30, 2014

Stillwater, OK. It was July. We were driving in unfamiliar territory in central Oklahoma, navigating through dusty, hot ranching communities and along miles of barbwire fence that separated us from distant livestock. The GPS spouted off a series of commands that led to narrower roads with horses, cattle, and homes…

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ALERT: Why it matters and why you should care

September 17, 2014

Imagine if you were one of the people in Greeley, Colorado, who had been stuck in traffic for hours, because unknown chemicals that had “something to do with fracking” had been spilled in the road. What sort of questions might have run through your mind? First responders­ included Greeley’s Fire…

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Our Recent Work

August 21, 2014

Since 2004, Riki Ott and her staff have used multi-state tours to increase public awareness of the environmental, health, and social costs of oil and gas activities and to identify and implement actions and resources that will reduce risks or prevent harm.   Since the BP Deepwater Horizon (DWH) disaster,…

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Sharing Information & Assessing Needs: Public Health

August 21, 2014

The rapid expansion of oil and gas activities has been driven by intense political and economic pressures. Increased frequency of spills have created large areas with at-risk populations––the so-called “Sacrifice Zones.” These zones are not just in remote areas, but also populated urban areas. The public health symptoms from exposure…

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Sharing Information & Assessing Needs: Outdated Policies

August 21, 2014

The National Contingency Plan (NCP) for oil and chemical spill prevention and response was designed in 1968 for maritime spills of conventional crude that floats. The latest revisions were 20 years ago. Since then, scientists and medical researchers have learned that crude oil is more toxic thought, and that oil…

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Sharing Information & Assessing Needs: Democracy Hijacked by Big Oil & Gas

August 21, 2014

In Cordova, Alaska, (where we were in March for 25th memorial events of the Exxon Valdez disaster), people had wondered once in the throes of our 20-year legal battle over basic damage claims (which we eventually lost), how corporations took over the political system, the legal system, the media, and…

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How can I take action?

August 21, 2014

Getting to sustainable communities means recognizing basic human rights and the intrinsic value of our clean water, air, and soil; our health; our community wellbeing; our life-giving climate; and our democratic governance. It means becoming much better stewards of our common wealth­­­. It also means a rapid transition off of…

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Selling your water for fracking? Joining an LEPC? Some things to consider.

August 19, 2014

Selling Your Water for Hydraulic Fracking? Consider this… √    Do you know the source of your water? If not, find out. √    How healthy is the source? (For example, the Ogallala Aquifer is down by 70 percent from current water use patterns.) √    Does the state, local government, or Tribe…

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