by Seth Koenig, BDN Staff Bangor Daily News news story PORTLAND, Maine — Environmental advocates rallied Tuesday morning against what they called an inevitable attempt to reverse the oil pipeline connecting Portland to Montreal to accommodate the transport of acidic, corrosive tar sands oil from Canada. In a press conference led by the Natural Resources Read More
Tar Sands Oil
Tar sands oil is the dirtiest and most climate-destructive form of oil in the world. When it spills, it is almost impossible to clean up. There has been a proposal to bring tar sands oil through an existing nearly 70-year-old pipeline in Maine. It crosses some of Maine’s most pristine watersheds and ends at Casco Bay. This plan would put our lakes, rivers, and coastal waters at risk, and threaten communities and drinking water from Sebago Lake along its path. The Natural Resources Council of Maine was the first organization to bring the threat of tar sands to the public’s attention in Maine in 2009, and has been leading on this issue statewide ever since.
Tar sands oil is one of the dirtiest forms of energy on the planet and is a growing threat in Maine and the Northeast. Extracted from huge open-pit mines in Alberta, Canada, tar sands oil is 20% more carbon intensive than conventional crude oil.
Sending tar sands crude oil to Maine would require reversing an existing pipeline owned by Portland Montreal Pipe Line, a pipeline that passes next to Sebago Lake, the drinking water supply for more than 15% of Maine people. It could endanger Casco Bay and our fishing and lobster industries. Many Maine cities and towns passed resolutions in opposition to transporting tar sands oil through their communities, and South Portland passed the Clear Skies Ordinance to protect their community.
by Kevin Miller, staff writer Bangor Daily News news story The modern-day oil boom in the western U.S. and Canada is fueling interest in shipping crude oil by rail across Maine to a refinery in the Maritimes. But the prospect of long trains of oil-filled tanker cars rumbling through Maine also has state environmental officials Read More
Reveals True Intentions to Bring Tar Sands Oil Toward Maine NRCM press release Last night Canadian pipeline giant Enbridge announced plans for a massive increase in pipeline capacity to bring dirty tar sands oil from Canada to global markets via the United States. One of the biggest components of the plan is to reverse the Read More
Company to assess support for a further expansion to the East Coast By Rebecca Penty Calgary Herald news story CALGARY—Enbridge Inc. is closing in on an application for regulatory approval to move growing volumes of crude from the West to refineries in Quebec, as customers indicate “strong support” for its pipeline proposals, chief executive Pat Read More
by John Spears, Business Reporter thestar.com news story Oil sands opponents are turning their eyes on Ontario to throttle shipment of western Canadian oil sands bitumen eastward. A coalition of 11 environmental groups claims to have prompted a flood of 41,000 comments to the National Energy Board by people opposed to reversing the flow of Read More
41,000 Comments Submitted from U.S. and Canadian Citizens Against Threat of Piecemeal Proposal Portland, Maine —The Canadian National Energy Board today closed public input on the proposed Line 9 Reversal Phase I tar sands pipeline project after receiving more than 41,000 citizen comments in opposition. A coalition of 11 groups, including Environment Maine, Natural Resources Read More
by Jim Haddadin, staff writer Foster’s Daily Democrat news story DOVER â The Keystone XL pipeline extension, which would transport an oil product known as “tar sands” to refineries on the Gulf Coast, has received a wealth of media attention this year. However, the Keystone XL pipeline isn’t the only transportation path for tar sands Read More
Court of Quebec ruling could hinder plans to reverse the flow of a pipeline to carry oil sands from Montreal to Maine, environmentalists say. By Elizabeth McGowan, InsideClimate News Inside Climate News news story WASHINGTONâA little-publicized Canadian court decision has thrown a monkey wrench into an on-again, off-again proposal to transport oil from tar sands Read More
by Ben Bragdon KeepMEcurrent.com editorial Energy independence is so plainly necessary for the United States that it is hard to see why anyone short of a Saudi prince would be against it. It is such a popular notion, in fact, that it is used as a political justification for a number of bad ideas. Think Read More