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Current: Activists mark Arkansas spill anniversary

In an effort to remind people what it’s fighting for, the group Protect South Portland, which wants to keep tar-sands oil exports out of the city, held a special event last week to mark the one-year anniversary of the tar-sands oil spill in Mayflower, Ark....

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MPBN: Portland to Montreal Pipeline: Too Old for Tar Sands Oil?

Environmental groups say evidence that a pipeline that runs from Portland to Montreal has passed the date of its expected retirement should be reason enough to end the debate about using it to transport tar sands oil to Maine...

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Bangor Daily News: Owner disputes report that Maine oil pipeline has exceeded life span

Environmentalists are pointing to a New Hampshire court document as evidence the Portland-Montreal pipeline has exceeded its life span and can’t be trusted to safely transport so-called tar sands oil...

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Portland Sun: Canadian agency's decision on pipeline raises concern about tar sands in Maine

A Canadian agency's decision to allow the flow reversal of a pipeline from Ontario to Montreal was decried as the first step toward pumping tar sands through Maine.

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Hundreds of Local Businesses Call for Keeping Tar Sands Out of So. Portland

South Portland—Protect South Portland this morning released a list of 216 South Portland businesses opposed to exporting tar sands out of Casco Bay. The businesses expressed deepseated concerns about the impacts tar sands could have on South Portland’s drinking water, air quality, coastal resources, economy, quality of life and property values.

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Arkansas Oil Spill Health Complaints Emerge In Mayflower

Sherry Appleman awoke abruptly in the middle of the night less than 48 hours after a pipeline rupture last month sent thousands of barrels of heavy crude oil into the streets and swamps of Mayflower, Ark.

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Arkansas spill raises concerns on piping tar sands oil through New England

The recent spill of Canadian heavy crude oil from a ruptured ExxonMobil pipeline in Mayflower, Ark., which forced the evacuation of 22 homes, has added fuel to the heated debate over the proposed Keystone XL pipeline that would bring heavy crude from the tar sands of Western Canada to Texas refineries along the Gulf of Mexico. The Arkansas spill comes only a month after the Environmental Protection Agency ordered the Canadian firm Enbridge to conduct yet more cleanups on a 2010 rupture and spill of heavy tar sands crude in the Kalamazoo River in Michigan. Now at $1 billion, that cleanup is the most expensive for an onshore spill in US history. The National Transportation Safety Board determined that Enbridge ignored pipeline cracks for years and did not detect the rupture for more than 17 hours.

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