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South Portland to seek funds for legal battle on tar sands ban

South Portland plans to solicit donations from U.S. and Canadian environmental groups to help cover the cost of an anticipated legal battle with members of the oil industry in response to the City Council vote Monday to prevent the export of tar sands oil from its port.

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Historic Win in Maine’s Battle Over Tar Sands

An historic vote in Maine reaffirms that residents want to keep toxic tar sands at bay.

Yesterday, South Portland City Council voted 6-1 to pass the Clear Skies Ordinance, which prohibits bulk loading of tar sands onto tankers at the waterfront and the construction of any infrastructure that would be used for that purpose.

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Lawsuit aimed at protecting Kennebec salmon revived

A federal appeals court has revived part of a lawsuit brought by two Maine-based environmental groups hoping to save Atlantic salmon and American shad populations from being chewed up in the turbines of four hydroelectric dams on the Kennebec River.

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The Oil Industry Hits an Unexpected Roadblock

Opponents of tar sands—the massive bituminous oil deposits in Alberta, Canada with a greenhouse gas impact four times greater than that of standard crude—have inched one step closer to a major victory.

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South Portland City Council passes tar sands oil ban ordinance

The South Portland City Council passed an ordinance Wednesday night that will prohibit loading tar sands crude oil in bulk onto marine tank vessels in the city.

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