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Tar Sands Ordinance Passes on Initial Vote

The South Portland City Council voted 6-1 tonight to pass the Clear Skies Ordinance, a new, narrow ordinance that will protect the city from tar sands.

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South Portland council backs tar sands ban

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine -- The South Portland City Council has approved a first reading proposal that would prohibit loading tar sands crude oil in bulk onto marine tank vessels in the city...

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South Portland crude oil ban gets first OK

A proposal to ban the loading of crude oil onto marine vessels received initial approval by the South Portland City Council in a Wednesday meeting that attracted nearly 500 people.

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Inside the Big Oil Playbook

For the last decade, the world’s largest oil corporations have developed one of the most extensive industrial operations in the world: the extraction and processing of tar sands (natural bitumen) in northeastern Alberta, Canada. Tar sands oil (diluted bitumen) is more carbon intensive than conventional oil and nearly impossible to clean up when spilled into waterways. 

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Portland Press Herald: Proposed tar sands ban gets standing ovation in South Portland

SOUTH PORTLAND — The auditorium at Mahoney Middle School rocked Wednesday night with a standing ovation and cheers for a proposal that would block tar sands oil from coming into the city...

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WCSH 6: South Portland considers latest effort to block tar sands

A large crowd turned out in South Portland Wednesday night to comment on a new crude oil ordinance that would keep tar sands oil out of the city...

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WMTW 8: South Portland considering new effort to ban tar sands

There's a renewed push to protect the city of South Portland from tar sands oil...

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Portland Phoenix: Not Giving Up

The wind and chilly drizzle did nothing to dampen the spirit of anti-tar sands ralliers in Deering Oaks Park last Saturday, May 17. The event was held as part of a nationwide “Day of Action Against Dirty Fuels,” and, as speaker after speaker told the crowd of about 45 people, they don’t come much dirtier than tar sands...

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Bangor Daily News: Saturday Rally in Portland to Say NO to Keystone XL Pipeline and No Tar Sands Oil in Maine!

As part of a nationwide “Day of Action against Dirty Fuels”, Maine citizens will rally at 11:00 a.m. this Saturday, May 17 in Portland to send a strong message that Mainers do not want dirty tar sands oil in our state, and to urge President Obama to honor his commitment to take action on climate change and reject the Keystone XL pipeline...

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