Recently three separate articles have appeared in the Bangor Daily News concerning tar sands oil and the possible use of the present pipeline that runs between Portland, Maine, and Montreal, known as the Portland Pipe Line.

One article mentioned that the Montreal Pipe Line Ltd. and the Enbridge Corp. could decide jointly to reverse the flow of oil and use the Portland to Montreal pipeline to pump tar sands from Montreal to Portland. It did not mention what it would take to stop such a project.

The opinion piece by John Hinck mentioned that a bad situation occurred along the Kalamazoo River in Michigan in 2010. The line ruptured, spilling almost one million gallons of tar sands oil in rivers, streams, lakes and over land. He forgot a couple of important points.

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