South Portland Citizens Seek to Bar Tar Sands

Updated 1 year ago

A group opposed to having Canadian tar sands oil pumped through a pipeline to South Portland for shipment overseas plans to seek a change in city zoning law that would prohibit such a project. At a rally outside City Hall on Thursday, leaders of the Concerned Citizens of South Portland unveiled the proposed zoning change and began gathering signatures to put the question to voters in November. There is no active proposal to pump tar-sands oil through 236 miles of pipeline from Montreal to Portland Harbor, but Portland Pipe Line Corp. has acknowledged it is interested in such a project. Portland Pipe Line spokesman Ted O’Meara tells The Portland Press Herald, the company will respond in the near future to the “misinformation, exaggerations and mistruths” propagated in the ballot petition.


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