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Science  21 Apr 2017:
Vol. 356, Issue 6335, pp. 256
DOI: 10.1126/science.aan0763

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Recent controversies surrounding large-scale oil pipeline projects, such as the Dakota Access or the Keystone XL, underline an ever-present tension: Society's overwhelming de­pendence on oil results in unacceptable risks to environmental and human health on the one hand while promising fabulous profits and "oil independence" on the other. SPILL, a new production written and pro­duced in a partnership between the Ensem­ble Studio Theater and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Science and Technology Project, offers a powerful reminder that neither the debates nor the profoundly uncertain risks at their center are new.