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Report: Exxon Mobil Behind Pipeline Eyed for Tar Sands Oil
10/10/2012 01:46 PM ET  

The Natural Resources Council of Maine says Exxon, through a subsidiary, owns 76 percent of the Portland Pipeline Corporation, which the group says is being eyed to transport tar sands oil into Maine from Canada.

An environmental advocacy group today released a report showing oil giant Exxon Mobil is behind a pipeline that cuts across Maine and New England - a pipeline that may one day transport tar sands oil into Maine from Alberta.

Dylan Voorhees of the Natural Resources Council of Maine says Exxon - through a Canadian subsidiary - owns 76 percent of the Portland Pipeline Corporation, which operates the U.S. portion of a pipeline that transports crude oil from Maine's largest city.

"Exxon does not have Maine's interests in mind," Voorhees says. "They will act to maximize their tar sands oil profits with little regard to the risks posed to Maine's people, our environment or our natural resource economy."

Voorhees says despite assurances from the Portland Pipeline Corporation that the project is on hold, the company is in talks about how to use the pipeline to transport tar sands - which he describes as more environmentally dangerous than crude - eastwards into Maine from Canada.

A call to the Portland Pipeline Corporation was not returned by airtime.

This story was reported by Tom Porter.


 

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