Plus this update: LePage’s private dealings with TarSand companies
Defending Water for Life in Maine and Stop the East-West Corridor members have anticipated exposure of the link between tar-sands oil and the East-West Corridor due to pressure to get the oil from Alberta to east coast ports.
While other environmental groups are focused on opposing the reversal of the Portland-Montreal Enbridge pipeline to transport tar sands from Montreal to Portland, we believe the East-West Corridor is a very viable option for this highly competitive industry.
While Exxon/Mobil wants Enbridge, TransCanada wants another route to the Atlantic. Now, Canada has expressed a desire to ship tar-sands oil to Irving’s refinery in St. John’s, placing tremendous pressure on the development of the East-West Corridor through Maine.
Update article (11-14-12): TransCanada does not foresee major resistance to eastern oil pipe proposal.
Update article (11-8-12): Line 9 – Shipping Tar Sands Crude East.
Update articles (10-31-12): Eastern oil pipeline proposal technically, economically feasible: TransCanada.
Update article (10-31-12): TransCanada promotes crude solution.
Update article (10-12-12): LePage and the Maine DEP have met behind closed doors with Tar-Sands companies.
Here are a handful of articles on this topic (original post):