Rolling Stone Magazine recently published an article outlining the “5 Recent Underreported Environmental Disasters.” However, while mainstream news outlets drool over the ACA and speculate about the whereabouts of a missing plane, Ring of Fire has followed the stories that matter every step of the way.

Rolling Stone started off naming the recent Galveston Bay oil spill where an oil barge collided with a bulk vessel, spilling nearly 170,000 gallons of heavy crude oil. The spill polluted 22 miles of the Texas coastline, killed hundreds of birds, and was possibly the reason why 29 dolphins were found dead.  

Though the investigation is ongoing, it was found that one of the companies involved pleaded guilty to federal criminal pollution violations and paid a $300,000 fine in 2012.

While the mainstream media continued to waste time on mostly non-issues, 80 tons of coal ash spilled into the Dan River in North Carolina. The spill, resulting from a breach in a containment pond owned by Duke Energy, coated 70 miles of the river from North Carolina to south central Virginia.

For the sake of not coming off preachy, we’ll leave the recapitulation there and just simply note that we also covered the fertilizer plant explosion that occurred last April, the oil spill in Mayflower, AK that drenched residential areas with crude oil, and the Elk River chemical spill in West Virginia.

This is continued proof that you will get news here at Ring of Fire that you won’t get in most other places. That’s because most other news outlets are corporate-owned marionettes that dance to the tune of some suit in a highrise who possesses zero-level news sense. We report the important stuff that is either overlooked or purposefully swept under the rug by the big guys.

Here, you will get the backstory, the actually moving parts of the issues, and bring to light what Big News either forgets to talk about, or avoids to talk about.

Oil spills and disasters covered by Ring of Fire:

Galveston Bay Oil Spill

Duke Energy Coal Ash Spill

Texas Fertilizer Plant Explosion

Mayflower, AK Oil Spill

Elk River Chemical Spill

Josh is a writer and researcher with Ring of Fire. Follow him on Twitter @dnJdeli.

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Richard Eskow is host and managing editor of The Zero Hour, a weekly radio program produced by We Act Radio. He was the senior writer and editor for the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign. Richard has written for a number of print and online publications, was a founding contributor to the Huffington Post, and is a longtime activist. He is also a Senior Fellow with the Campaign for America’s Future.