Tarsands oil pipeline through Quebec stalled (Montreal Gazette)

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    The environmental group Équiterre and a citizen from Dunham have won a Quebec Court ruling that will temporarily stall the attempt by oil companies Enbridge and Suncor to ship oilsands from Alberta through Montreal to Portland, Maine.

    The $17-million Trailbreaker Pipeline project proposes to reverse the flow of oil in two existing pipelines that now ship oil from Portland to Montreal and on to Sarnia, Ont. The project called for a flow of about 200,000 barrels per day of raw crude oil to be piped east to Portland, and from there ship it by tanker to Gulf Coast refineries.

    The company involved in the pumping station is Portland Montreal Pipeline Company, which is partially owned by Suncor. Enbridge claims it is at the moment not pursuing the Trailbreaker Project. Instead, it is applying for permission to reverse the flow of oil in the section of pipeline that runs between Sarnia and Westover, Ontario. The company says that it will seek the reversal of the pipeline between Montreal and Westover according to customer needs.

    The environmental group opposes piping "dirty oil" through Quebec, claiming that it poses a significant environmental hazard and encourages the expansion of the oilsands, which are among Canada's largest greenhouse gas emitters.

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