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Proposed tar sands ban gets standing ovation in South Portland

from Portland Press Herald

The auditorium at Mahoney Middle School rocked with a standing ovation and cheers for a proposal that would block tar sands oil from coming into the city. About 200 people, many of them wearing light blue “clear skies” T-shirts, attended a presentation on changes being recommended by the Draft Ordinance Committee. The recommendations, to be considered by the City Council, would prohibit loading crude oil in bulk onto marine tank vessels and building or expanding facilities for that purpose. The proposal is much narrower in scope than the Waterfront Protection Ordinance that city voters rejected last November. more

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