Portland Press Herald
David Hench

A Maine environmental group says a Canadian company is seeking to reverse the flow of a major trans-Canada oil pipeline, potentially bringing so-called tar sands oil to New England for export.



The company, Enbridge, applied to the Canadian government Friday for permission to reverse the direction of its "Line 9" pipeline to carry "heavy crude" toward Montreal from western Canada, according to a release from the Natural Resources Council of Maine. Currently, pipelines carry crude from Portland northwest to Montreal, but if crude is flowing eastward, those pipelines could be reversed as well.