Wednesday, June 20, 2012

New England Tar Sands Pipeline Plan Opposed By Environmental Groups

Environmental groups in Maine and Vermont are raising an alarm about the potential for tar sands oil to be piped across northern New England.

The groups say the Canadian energy firm Enbridge Inc. is eyeing an existing oil pipeline that carries oil from Portland to Montreal with the idea of reversing the flow and sending Canadian tar sands oil, a type of petroleum deposit, through Portland.

The National Wildlife Federation, Natural Resources Defense Council and organizations in Maine and Vermont say they'll fight the plan.

Enbridge spokesman Graham White says the company dropped a plan for the pipeline reversal in 2009 after determining it wasn't commercially viable.

A plan to move Canadian tar sands oil through a pipeline extending through the Great Plains to the Gulf Coast has also generated debate.

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