Over the weekend, thousands of Americans rallied in Washington to ask the President and Congress to confront the biggest environmental challenge we've ever faced: climate change.
But while that debate is going on in Washington, right here in Maine there is growing talk of a plan to pump the dirtiest fossil fuel on the planet through our state.
You might have heard -- a Canadian company is considering a plan to pump dirty, toxic tar sands oil from Canada through Maine down to the coast to Portland Harbor.
It's a dangerous idea. One leak could be catastrophic to our beautiful western Maine region, or could contaminate Sebago Lake, which supplies the drinking water for Portland.
That's why I've started a petition to urge President Obama to require a full environmental review of any plan to pump tar sands oil through Maine.
Join me and tell President Obama: Make the oil companies apply for a new permit and conduct a full environmental study of any scheme to pump tar sands oil through Maine.
Not only does tar sands mining create three times more carbon pollution than conventional oil drilling, it's heavy and dirty, causing even higher risks for leaks and spills when pumped through pipelines.
In 2010, a tar sands pipeline burst in Michigan, dumping over 800,000 gallons of tar sands oil into the Kalamazoo River, spoiling drinking water and natural wildlife habitats. It cost over $700 million to clean up – the most expensive onshore oil spill in U.S. history.
Let's make sure this never happens in Maine.
Sign the petition – Tell President Obama: Make the oil companies apply for a new permit and conduct a full environmental study of any scheme to pump tar sands oil through Maine.
Thank you for your action, and please share this email and petition with your friends. It's important that we spread the word to ensure that dangerous tar sands oil are never pumped through our backyard.