Anti-oil protesters in Maine blockaded a rail line before the deadly derailment of a train carrying crude oil through Lac-Megantic, Que. We visit the oil transport debate in Maine, the next stop after Lac Megantic on the Montreal Maine and Atlantic railway.
We were really sickened. It was as if we had some premonition.
Nancy Galland on Lac-Megantic
Protesters in the U.S. state of Maine, concerned about the transport by rail of Bakken oil, held a protest on June 27. Eight days later, a train passing through Lac-Megantic derailed, exploded and incinerated much of the downtown.
Police allowed the protest to continue for a few hours before breaking it up. Meanwhile, members of 350 Maine, an environmental group, set up another protest. They staged a blockade of the Montreal, Maine and Atlantic railway back into Canada to the east.
Nancy Galland - Spokesperson, 350Maine
We spoke to Nancy Galland of 350 Maine
about the demonstration and how she feels that the deadly derailment in Lac-Megantic has underscored her fight. Ben Chipman - Independent, Maine House of Representatives
Months before the disaster in Lac-Megantic, Ben Chipman
sponsored a bill that would have studied the risks of transporting oil through Maine by rail. The bill, however, was vetoed. Ben Chipman spoke to us from Portland, Maine.Kenneth Fredette - Maine House Republican Minority Leader
Congressman Ken Fredette
asserts that Chipman's bill was politically motivated and says he's pleased that the veto was upheld. He told us that a moratorium on the transportation of tar sands crude oil
would be economically damaging and that officials in the department responsible for environmental protection and safety are doing their jobs well.
This segment was produced by The Current's
Pacinthe Mattar, Shannon Higgins and Sujata Berry.
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