Lawsuit Expected After Vote To Ban Tar Sands Oil

Updated 2 months ago

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The president of the Maine Energy Marketers Association says zoning changes intended to keep tar sands oil out of South Portland will likely be challenged in court.

The City Council voted 6-1 Monday night on a series of changes that effectively prevent any attempt to bring the oil from western Canada through a pipeline into the city.

Tom Hardison from the Portland Pipe Line said councilors bowed to “extremists” and described the zoning changes as a “job-killing ordinance.” Jamie Py, president of the energy group, said Tuesday that a lawsuit is the most likely way to challenge the action.

Ivy Frignoca from the Conservation Law Foundation says the ordinance was carefully crafted to withstand legal scrutiny but that the group is ready to face any legal challenges.


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