South Portland residents in agreement to stop tar sands
Essential Public Documents
In South Portland, the Montreal-Portland Pipeline Corporation (majority owned and controlled by Exxon-Mobil) has made proposals over the past few years to bring new tar sand oil enterprise to South Portland.
With no moratorium in place, PPL can reapply for permits which will allow for the creation of new oil infrastructure to support the transportation of toxic petroleum products to South Portland.
Moratorium is now in place
At the Dec 16th City Council meeting, the moratorium was approved 6 to 1 (Pock dissenting). Now the Council will create a three person committee to draft the ordinance.
Links to the application to serve on this committee and links to news coverage here.
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)