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Tar sands creating a new “Cancer Alley” in Canada


I probably don’t need to tell you what concentrating a band of oil refineries, chemical plants, and environmentally challenging industrial facilities can do to a community. Here in Louisiana, we’ve been living with such a place, lining the Mississippi River and the surrounding countryside between New Orleans and Baton Rouge. It used to be called the “petrochemical...

Obama faces big decision on Keystone XL as damning evidence mounts


President Obama sure has a lot on his plate as he gets ready to take the oath for his second term over the weekend — formally on Sunday and in front of a large gathering on Monday. Much of the focus lately has been on guns and reducing the federal debt, but his upcoming environmental choices loom as especially important — and difficult. Two of them — on fracking regulations and...

Stuart H. Smith is an attorney based in New Orleans fighting major oil companies and other polluters.
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