Rally in Maine to protest tar sands oil

January 26, 2013, 9:18 am

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Hundreds of people rallied Saturday in what was billed as the largest protest yet against the possibility of tar sands oil being piped from Canada across northern New England to Portland, Maine.

Organizers said several hundred people gathered in Portland on Saturday for a march and rally.

Critics of so-called tar sands oil say Canadian energy firm Enbridge Inc. is eyeing an existing oil pipeline that carries oil from Portland to Montreal with the idea of reversing the flow and sending the oil across Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine to Portland.

Enbridge says it has no plans to use the Montreal-to-Portland pipeline for anything. The New England Petroleum Council says tar sands oil is no more dangerous than conventional crude oil.

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