Environmentalists take tar sands protest to Sebago Lake

7:15 PM, Jul 20, 2013   |    comments
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CASCO, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The group 350 Maine, along with other environmental activists, took a tar sands protest to a sand bar on Sebago Lake Saturday afternoon.

Creating a "people's flotilla" and "beach theater," the demonstrators used a black tarp to illustrate an oil spill in the lake, and decoarted tubes and kayaks with anti-tar sands signs.

About 200 people attended the demonstration and press conference, where Bill McKibben, the founder of 350.org, spoke about the importance of activism.

"They are not getting [tar sands] through Vermont and Maine," said McKibben to an audience assembled in Sebago Lake State Park.

The environmentalists are concerned that tar sands could be transported through Maine by way of a pipeline that runs next to Sebago Lake, from Canada to Casco Bay.

The Portland Pipe Line company has denied any plans to transport tar sands oil, which is a mixture of heavy clay, sand, water, and bitumen, through the pipe.

Environmentalists say they're still concerned about permit applications in the future, and the carbon emission from existing tar sands oil extraction in other parts of the country.

Earlier this month, Governor LePage vetoed a bill that would direct the Department of Environmental Protection to study the risks in tar sands oil transportation in Maine.



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