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Tar Sands Free Maine

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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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