Pipeline Committed to Safety
As local employers who help maintain the Portland Montreal Pipeline, we wanted to share our perspective with Bethel voters prior to next week’s town meeting.
The Portland Pipeline Corporation pumps millions into Maine’s economy annually, is responsible for more than half the tonnage moving through the Port of Portland, supports local jobs at companies like ours, and pays more than $23,000 annually to Bethel in property taxes.
Pipelines are five times safer than rail and 1,000 times safer than tanker trucks when it comes to transporting the petroleum products needed to fuel our economy and heat our homes. And, PPLC stands out as an industry leader, earning national recognition from industry groups and awards from the U.S. Coast Guard for its environmental stewardship and safety record.
The Maine Department of Environmental Protection proclaimed earlier this year that the company has an “impressive safety and environmental record,” and is “an important partner,” in spill prevention.
Global energy activists with an “off oil” agenda are trying to convince Mainers that oil sands-derived crude represents an unacceptable risk. But the findings of the Obama Administration, coming just weeks after a handful of Bethel voters passed an anti-oil sands resolution at a Special Town Meeting, prove their claims are not true.
The U.S. State Department’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the Keystone XL Pipeline Project was released in March. The department reported that the characteristics of oil sands-derived crude are generally comparable to those of conventional crude oils and that pipeline incident rates involving Alberta pipelines that have been transporting oil sands crude for decades are similar to systems carrying conventional crude.
As local contractors, we have always known the Portland Pipe Line Corporation is committed to safety. Because of the Obama Administration report, we also now know that the claims of the activists about oil sands are simply not true.
Todd Sawyer, TRS Timber Maintenance
Richard Morse and Dottie Wilson Morse, Wilson Excavating, Inc.