September 14, 2012

In debate, Maine candidates differ on energy issues

U.S. Senate Candidate debate at the University of Southern Maine.

By John Richardson
Staff Writer

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U.S. Senate candidates Angus King, Charlie Summers and Cynthia Dill, left to right, participate in a debate at the University of Southern Maine in Portland on Thursday.

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Dill said she also opposes pipelines to carry Canadian tar sands oil through the United States, whether through Maine or through the proposed Keystone XL pipeline out West. The corrosive oil is too risky, she said.

King said he believes that fracking can be done safely and that the technology has helped provide a cheap source of energy.

"Natural gas is America's second chance," King said. "It gives us an unparalleled opportunity to get off oil and get off coal."

Natural gas can be converted to electricity to supply energy to areas without pipelines, he said, although he warned that the country should avoid becoming dependent on gas and keep moving toward renewable energy sources.

King opposes moving tar sands oil through underground pipelines in Maine unless he can be assured that the old, existing pipelines will be safe, he said. But he did not oppose any such pipelines that the Canadians want to build and he would be open to the Keystone XL pipeline.

"If the pipelines are safe and states accept them, it's OK," he said.

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