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Hundreds of pipeline canals and shipping lanes have been cut into the coastal marshes of Louisiana. Each one allows more saltwater to intrude from the Gulf, killing the marsh and allowing more oil to penetrate from the Deepwater Horizon spill.

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Aerial of the marshlands that have literally been cut to pieces by pipeline canals and shipping channels that have been put in by the oil industry over the years. Such huge canals have allowed saltwater to intrude, killing off the marsh and eliminating its resistance to catastrophic events in the Gulf such as storms, and now, oil spills like the Deepwater Horizon.

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Construction workers work on an oil pipeline in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska.

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Construction workers work on an oil pipeline in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska.

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A mother grizzly and her cubs walk on top of an oil pipeline in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. The drilling there has drawn bears into garbage dumps and away from their natural food sources.

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A mother grizzly and her cubs walk on top of an oil pipeline in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. The drilling there has drawn bears into garbage dumps and away from their natural food sources.

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A grizzly bear peers through pipe sections in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska.

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A grizzly bear peers through pipe sections in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska.

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A mother grizzly and her cubs walk on top of an oil pipeline in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. The drilling there has drawn bears into garbage dumps and away from their natural food sources.

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A mother grizzly and her cubs walk on top of an oil pipeline in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. The drilling there has drawn bears into garbage dumps and away from their natural food sources.

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Caribou graze amid industrial development in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska.

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A caribou grazes next to an oil pipeline in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska.

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