The 2015 Tar Sands at Our Doorstep report laid out the major threat that tar sands oil poses to the Lake Champlain region, the Adirondacks, and Vermont. If brought to the region, this viscous, tar-like heavy crude oil has the potential to destroy the health of communities and ecosystems, as it is nearly impossible to clean out of waters once inevitably spilled.
The report also addressed another severe threat to the region—the transport of oil-by-rail along aging tracks that hug Lake Champlain on their way into the Hudson River valley and down to Albany. This dangerous practice involves train oil-tank cars carrying explosive light fracked oil from the Bakken fields largely in North Dakota to the Lake Champlain region, threatening the region's communities, natural resources, and wildlife.
This report follows up Tar Sands at our Doorstep by focusing on the continued threat of oil-by-rail transport in this area.
Parker is a shining role model for all she has accomplished and her ongoing positivity, energy, and belief in changing the world for the better.Read the Story
Hear from champions for greater and safer access to the outdoors as they discuss the potential solutions to address the intersectional issues faced by Black communities.Listen Now
By taking the Mayors' Monarch Pledge, your local leaders can commit to uniting your community around saving the imperiled monarch. Send a message today urging your mayor or head of local or Tribal government to pledge before April 30!Act Now
Get quotes now or call (855) 786-0941Get Quotes Now
More than one-third of U.S. fish and wildlife species are at risk of extinction in the coming decades. We're on the ground in seven regions across the country, collaborating with 53 state and territory affiliates to reverse the crisis and ensure wildlife thrive.