- Associated Press - Thursday, March 6, 2014

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Environmental groups say a decision by the Canadian National Energy Board shows how a crude oil pipeline could be repurposed to export large amounts of oil through the Maine city of South Portland.

The Canadian board on Thursday approved a plan to reverse the flow of a pipeline that would allow for Western Canadian oil to be transported to Eastern Canada.

Maine environmental groups say that a similar decision for the Portland Pipe Line could bring that oil into Maine and endanger wildlife and watersheds.

The South Portland City Council voted in December to put in place a temporary moratorium that bars tar sands from coming into the city. U.S. Sen. Angus King, Jr., of Maine, is urging an environmental study be conducted.

The group 350 Vermont says 41 towns have voted to oppose transporting tar sands oil through Vermont.

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