Interview with David Sassoon, Founder of Pulitzer Prize Winning Environmental News Organization

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Oil in the Kalamazoo River

In July of 2010, a catastrophic oil spill took place in Marshall, Michigan, flooding a million gallons of oil into the Kalamazoo river. At the time, the media paid it little attention, distracted perhaps by the more dramatic Deepwater Horizon oil disaster that was just winding down in the Gulf of Mexico. But the Michigan spill involved a type of oil whose properties (and cleanup challenges) are different than those of conventional crude. In this web-only extra, Bob speaks with David Sassoon, founder and publisher of InsideClimate News-- a small news organization that recently won a Pulitzer for their reporting on the event-- about their coverage of the spill, and what is has to teach us about the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline.