March 2016, Vol. 243, No. 3

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75-Year-Old Oil Pipeline Shuts Down

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A pipeline buried under three New England states that carried foreign crude oil from the Port of Portland to refineries in Montreal for 75 years has been mothballed. The oil has stopped flowing. The 236-mile-long pipeline was built to provide for the safe transport of crude oil to Quebec at a time when German U-boats that could sink oil tankers were patrolling the western Atlantic. But the flow dropped to zero in January, according to state data, and a ship chandler in Portland says the pipeline had no tanker deliveries in February. The amount of oil flowing through the pipeline has been dwindling for years, and the completion last fall of a major pipeline reversal

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