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Elizabeth McGowan

Elizabeth McGowan was the Washington, D.C.-based energy and environment reporter with Crain Communications before she joined InsideClimate News from 2010-2012. She has worked at daily newspapers in Vermont and Wisconsin, including The Journal Times and  The Janesville Gazette. In 2007 she won second place in the Cleveland Press Club Excellence in Journalism contest in the public service/investigative category for two stories about the five-year anniversary of September 11: one on the compromised health of clean-up workers, and another on environmental complications associated with the razing of the Deutsche Bank building at ground zero.


VIDEO - Shattered by Oil: Exxon Arkansas Spill and the People Left Behind, Part 2

Nov 26 , 2013
Fears for the future: About one in four people in Arkansas counts on drinking water from a source that is crossed by Exxon's burst Pegasus pipeline.

VIDEO - Shattered by Oil: Exxon Arkansas Spill and the People Left Behind, Part 1

Nov 25 , 2013
'It's too late for anything to happen. It's too late for us. We want them to get this mess cleaned up and get it cleaned up right.'

Trumped by Federal Authority Over Pipeline Safety, Ark. Lawmakers Settle for Symbolism

Oct 7 , 2013
Legislators want to strengthen regulations to protect the state's water supplies from oil spills, but they are powerless.

In Exxon Pipeline Relocation Push, Zero Risk to Drinking Water Is the Goal

Sep 4 , 2013
Only one manually-operated valve exists along the watershed's pipeline. About a million gallons of oil could escape in the time it could take to close it.

Five Months After Oil Spill, Sickened Mayflower Residents Offered Free Health Assessments

Sep 4 , 2013
'We've been listening to people and trying to figure out what our role can be,' an Ark. Department of Health rep said. 'This is what we've come up with.'

Exxon Pipeline Rupture: Amount of Oil Spilled Is Still Guesswork

Aug 21 , 2013
So far about 2,000 barrels of oil have been recovered in Arkansas. The actual amount of spilled oil is far more than that, but may never be figured out.

Sediment Tests To Show If Mayflower Residents Saved Their Treasured Lake from Oil Spill

Aug 14 , 2013
Firefighters and public works employees used dump trucks and backhoes to dam a sudden river of crude flowing toward the lake. Did oil still seep through?

Timeline: How the Dilbit Disaster Unfolded

Jun 26 , 2012
A quick guide to the 2010 Enbridge oil spill near Marshall, Michigan.