- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 2, 2016

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - New data show that no crude oil has passed through Maine since a law went into effect preventing such information from being released.

A law enacted in October prevented state and local officials from releasing hazardous rail shipment information.

The railway industry had said the information should be confidential out of concerns that it could be used to undercut their business or for terrorism.

The Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting filed a request in February under the state’s open records act to examine the oil data.

A Department of Environmental Protection spokesman says the Attorney General’s office found the agency can release summaries of the monthly crude oil volumes traveling by rail and the companies transporting it. The agency plans to continue releasing such information.

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