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. Over time their plan has become more clear.
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 (2-7-13): TransCanada looks East amid Keystone Pipeline delay.
Update article (2-1-13): Energy minister solidifies federal acceptance of west-to-east oil pipeline.
Update article (1-28-13): New Brunswick pushes cross-country pipeline as ‘game-changer’.
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):