Recently, Enbridge Inc., a fossil fuels energy corporation, proposed to the Portland-Montreal pipeline (PMPL) a plan to reverse the pipeline’s direction to carry tar sands oil from Montreal to Portland, Maine, traversing en route Vermont and New Hampshire.

The existing PMPL pipeline would be modified to carry tar sands oil instead of crude in this plan. This would be a highly dangerous and irresponsible project.

When tar sands are spilled, their components separate into condensate, which becomes an airborne hazard, and bitumen, which sinks to the bottom of local bodies of water, contaminating the water. The sediments and quartz in tar sands, along with tar sands’ high acidity, corrode pipelines, a recipe for a spill.

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