For only the third time, a web-based news organization has won a Pulitzer Prize. InsideClimate News reporters Elizabeth McGowan, Lisa Song and David Hasemyer won the prestigious award for their incredible reporting on the 2010 Enbridge pipeline oil spill on the Kalamazoo River:
The trio took top honors in the category for their work on "The Dilbit Disaster: Inside the Biggest Oil Spill You've Never Heard Of," a project that began with a seven-month investigation into the million-gallon spill of Canadian tar sands oil into the Kalamazoo River in 2010. It 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.
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."
In writing about the recent dilbit oil spill in Arkansas and the Keystone XL debate, I have found ICN's many posts on this type of oil and the dangers it poses when spilled to be invaluable. Visit InsideClimateNews.org to read more of their superb reporting.
Congratulations to everyone at ICN and keep up the great work!