Tar Sands Free Maine
The Tar Sands Oil Threat to Maine
Canadian gas and oil giant Enbridge Corporation has a plan to pump dirty tar
sands oil in existing pipelines from eastern Canada and through Vermont, New
Hampshire, and Maine. The 1950's era pipeline enters Maine near Bethel and
crosses the Androscoggin River, and proceeds southeast along Sebago Lake (the
drinking water source for greater Portland), to Portland Harbor in Casco Bay.
Tar sands oil is the world’s dirtiest oil. Mining it destroys large
swaths of Alberta's Boreal forest, and requires a massive amount of energy and
carbon pollution. Compared to conventional oil, it’s more corrosive, toxic and
much more difficult to clean up. In 2010, Enbridge’s pipeline in the Midwest
spilled 800,000 gallons of tar sands oil into Michigan’s Kalamazoo River, and it
still hasn’t been cleaned up.
Pumping tar sands oil through Maine is just too risky.
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