South Portland residents in agreement to stop tar sands
Are Tar Sands really the same as Crude Oil?
The oil industry has been advertising in South Portland that Tar Sands are the same as Crude Oil.
But that's not true.
In fact tar sands are dramatically worse in both environmental impact and safety. Click here for more information.
Draft Ordinance Committee
The South Portland City Council passed a moratorium on tar sands development and created a Draft Ordinance Committee (DOC) to write a new ordinance to ban tar sands from South Portland.
Click Here for updates on the DOC
Oil spills are not uncommon when transporting tar sands through new, old and reversed pipelines.
In cities and town across North America, spills have costs billions of dollars in remedial clean up, major job loss, business closure and resident relocation because tar sands spills are substantially worse than crude oil spills.
Cornell University recently published a study about the impact of spills on jobs and the economy and the EPA has published a report on the need for tar sands pipelines to be be held to different standards.
What are Tar Sands?
The terms are used a lot in SoPo these days: tar sands, oil sands, dilbit, synbit. What is it, actually, and is it different from regular crude oil? Is it more dangerous?
Air Quality and Storage
There are plenty of air quality issues with the storage and handling of petroleum products in our community. The storage tanks are located in close proximity to schools.
Local Impact of Oil
Watch video interviews with:
Mayor Tom Blake
Attorney Natalie West (Attorney)
Susan Hasson (Planning Board Member)
Greg Griffin (Lobsterman)
Dr. Carol Hubbard (Pediatrician)
Dr. Charles Tilburg (Oceanographer)
Andy Jones (Resident)