On Monday, three reporters from nonprofit online news site InsideClimate were honored with a Pulitzer Prize for reporting on Canada’s tar sands and rupturing oil pipelines. Elizabeth McGowan, Lisa Song and David Hasemyer were honored for their reporting on “The Dilbit Disaster: Inside the Biggest Oil Spill You’ve Never Heard Of“, a seven-month investigation into the spill of Canadian tar sands oil into the Kalamazoo River in 2010.
The Pulitzer organization called the trio’s work “a distinguished example of reporting on national affairs, using any available journalistic tool”. Adds that the $10 000 prize was:
Awarded to Lisa Song, Elizabeth McGowan and David Hasemyer of InsideClimate News, Brooklyn, N.Y., for their rigorous reports on flawed regulation of the nation’s oil pipelines, focusing on potential ecological dangers posed by diluted bitumen (or “dilbit”), a controversial form of oil.
According to InsideClimate, the trio’s reporting “broadened into an examination of national pipeline safety issues, and how unprepared the nation is for the impending flood of imports of a more corrosive and more dangerous form of oil.”
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The Pulitzer committee commended the reporters for their “rigorous reports on flawed regulation of the nation’s oil pipelines, focusing on potential ecological dangers posed by diluted bitumen (or “dilbit”), a controversial form of oil.”
The recent ExxonMobil pipeline spill in Arkansas, which also involved heavy Canadian crude oil, underscores the continuing relevance of this ongoing body of work, as the White House struggles with reaching a decision on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline.
“It is enormously gratifying to have our work recognized with such a high honor, and I’m very proud of our entire team,” said David Sassoon, founder and publisher of InsideClimate News. “It’s a watershed moment for our non-profit news organization, a good day for environmental journalism, and a hopeful signal for the future of our profession.”
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