Wednesday, October 10, 2012 by Common Dreams
Groups: New England Tar Sands Pipeline Plotted ‘Behind Closed Doors’
Oil giants lobby tar sands plan behind closed doors while denying their intention
– Common Dreams staff
A new analysis released today by national and regional environmental groups shows that US oil giant Exxon Mobile and Canada’s Suncor hold a majority stake in a pipeline system that local residents along its route fear could soon be used to transport tar sands from western Canada to the New England coast.
The central concern of the report (pdf) surrounds a 2008 proposal by Canadian oil giant Enbridge to reverse the flow of existing east-to-west oil pipelines that would allow transport of tar sands oil—categorized by many as the “dirtiest oil in the world”—from Alberta to the deepwater harbor of Portland, Maine. …… (more).