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Maine town opposes tar sands oil in pipeline

HARRISON, Maine (AP) -- Residents in a Maine town have passed a resolution opposing the pumping of Canadian tar sands oil through a pipeline for shipment overseas.

Residents in Harrison voted 156-59 for the resolution Tuesday, one of at least six towns to do so.

The pipeline is used to carry foreign crude oil from Maine to Montreal. Five miles stretch through Harrison.

Some environmentalists warn the flow could be reversed to carry tar sands oil through the pipeline that runs through Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine for export.

Environmentalists say the threat from tar sands oil is greater than from lighter forms of crude because of the dangers of spills and that tar sands oil produces more greenhouses gases.

There's no active proposal to pump tar-sands oil through the pipeline.