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Pulitzer for Reporting on the Biggest Tar Sands Spill You've Never Heard Of

by Abby Zimet

The online, low-profile, non-profit InsideClimate News won a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting for "The Dilbit Disaster: Inside the Biggest Oil Spill You've Never Heard Of," its seven-month investigation into the million-gallon spill of Canadian tar sands oil into the Kalamazoo River in 2010 - triggering the most expensive, and still unfinished, cleanup in U.S. history - which grew into a damning look at national pipeline safety issues and the hazards posed by diluted bitumen, or “dilbit.” Yes: same stuff in the ExxonMobil spill in Arkansas, and Keystone XL.