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Sen. Maria Cantwell urges spill protections after Canada pipeline OK’d

Senator Maria Cantwell, D-WA, 
 speaks at a press conference at Sea-Tac International airport regarding how the airport is planning to make check point lines shorter.

U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell is urging stronger measures to protect Washington state from oil spills after Canada’s government approved a pipeline expansion project that would dramatically increase oil tankers through the Salish Sea.

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