PORTLAND — Opponents of diluted bitumen “tar sands” oil will hold a public forum about its extraction and processing at a presentation on Friday, Jan. 31, at 6:30 p.m., at the University of Southern Maine.

“Tar Sands Exposed,” a speaking tour sponsored by environmental activist group 350Maine will feature Eriel Deranger, of Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation; Crystal Lameman, of the Beaver Lake Cree Nation, and photojournalist Garth Lenz.

In recent months, the potential piping or shipping of tar sands oil have provoked debate in the region. South Portland recently enacted a moratorium on proposals to ship tar sands oil through the city.

The USM event will be held in Hannaford Hall, 88 Bedford St. For more information, contact Sarah Lachance at [email protected] or 459-0419.

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