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Tar sands ban gets final approval in South Portland

SOUTH PORTLAND - After a roll call vote that came more than three hours after the start of its meeting Monday night, July 21, the South Portland City Council gave final approval to a ban on tar sands-oil that's been dubbed the "clear skies ordinance."

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Maine Residents Fight American Petroleum Institute Lobbyists Over Ban on Tar Sands Shipments

Portland, Maine, has become the latest battleground in the fight against tar sands oil, with local residents facing off against energy industry forces in an attempt to ban tar sands oil from the city’s port.

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South Portland approves law barring tar sands oil

SOUTH PORTLAND — The City Council gave final approval Monday night to controversial zoning changes that are expected to block the potential export of Canadian tar sands oil from the city’s waterfront.

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'David vs. Goliath Victory': Port Town Votes to Block Tar Sands Export

The community of South Portland, Maine made history Monday night when the city councilvoted to pass an ordinance that would block Canadian tar sands from being loaded onto tankers and exported from their port.

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South Portland council casts ‘historic’ vote to block tar sands exports

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — The South Portland City Council effectively has banned the shipping of tar sands, or oil sands, from its waterfront with an ordinance that has gained international attention and that oil industry opponents have vowed to challenge in court or before city officials.

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