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A work brigade sponsored by Venezuelan state-run oil company PDVSA, which critics blame for the oil spills, use shovels and rakes to remove congealed petroleum from a Lake Maracaibo beach. John Otis for NPR hide caption

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Oil spills increase in Venezuela as it revs up output after the U.S. lifted sanctions

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In this photo taken by a drone on Dec. 9, cleanup continues in the area where the ruptured Keystone pipeline dumped oil into a creek in Washington County, Kan. DroneBase via AP hide caption

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Chima Williams, an attorney in Nigeria, is one of the winners of this year's Goldman Environmental Prize. He sued Shell over oil spills in his country. Speaking of his activism, Williams notes: "There is power in what you believe and how you go about it uncompromisingly." KC Nwakalor for NPR hide caption

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He started protesting about his middle school principal. Now he's taking on Big Oil

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Oil pollutes Cavero beach in Ventanilla, Callao, Peru, on Tuesday after high waves attributed to the eruption of an undersea volcano in Tonga caused an oil spill. Martin Mejia/AP hide caption

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The area of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig is seen here in July 2010, shortly before the Macondo well was capped after spilling oil for 87 days. The Trump administration has proposed revisions to Obama-era rules that aimed to prevent similar disasters. Dave Martin/Associated Press hide caption

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Proponents of the terminal plan say it would bring economic development to the Vancouver area, just across the Columbia River from Portland, Ore. Conrad Wilson/OPB News hide caption

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Northwest Oil Terminal Plan Would Mean Jobs — And More Oil Trains

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Cleanup went on Friday at the site of an oil pipeline leak and spill north of Tioga, N.D. Officials took nearly two weeks to tell the public about the break in a Tesoro Corp. pipeline. Kevin Cederstrom/AP hide caption

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Waves crash over the Kulluk oil rig, which washed aground on Sitkalidak Island, Alaska. Officials say aircraft have not spotted any signs of a fuel leak from the rig, which reportedly does not contain crude oil. PA3 Jon Klingenberg/Coast Guard hide caption

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