Maine City Council bars Alberta crude

Residents of a small U.S. city are celebrating what they see as a major victory in stopping Alberta crude oil from being shipped through their shores. South Portland, Maine, saw a 6-1 council vote Monday night to block a tar sands terminal from being built at its port. Those pushing for the ban raised concerns that tar sands oil is difficult to clean if spilled and dangerous to ship.Their vote to ban the transfer of crude oil onto ocean tankers would essentially block any attempt to reverse the flow of the pipeline and pump oil into Maine. Community advocate Mary-Jane Ferrier with Protect South Portland, said it was an historic vote that shows money won’t always buy community support. “It’s a signal that that’s no longer business-as-usual for them. Ordinarily citizens working together can call them to account,” said Ferrier. South Portland Mayor Jerry Jalbert said they now expect to see a lengthy court battle with oil companies. This is one of several communities independently fighting against the expansion in the North American oil sector, including a community in Nebraska which is now suing its governor in an attempt to stop plans for the Keystone XL pipeline. by News Staff Posted Jul 22, 2014 1:13 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Maine City Council bars Alberta crude

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