The trio (Elizabeth McGowan, Lisa Song and David Hasemyer) 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.Other InsideClimate stories:
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.
Exxon Didn't Know Its Pipeline Ruptured Until
Called by Arkansas Authorities. Or Did It?
Police transcripts show Exxon employees arrived on the scene an hour after the emergency was first reported by a resident dialing 911.
Arkansans Want Exxon Pipeline Moved Out
of a Watershed, and Nebraskans Take Note