By Seth Koenig, BDN staff writer Bangor Daily News news story SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — Supporters of a proposed South Portland ordinance that is intended to block transportation of tar sands oil, also called oil sands, through the city lauded Tuesday night’s approval of the measure by the city’s planning board. The planners’ 6-1 endorsement Read More
Tar Sands Oil
Tar sands oil is the dirtiest and most climate-destructive form of oil in the world. When it spills, it is almost impossible to clean up. There has been a proposal to bring tar sands oil through an existing nearly 70-year-old pipeline in Maine. It crosses some of Maine’s most pristine watersheds and ends at Casco Bay. This plan would put our lakes, rivers, and coastal waters at risk, and threaten communities and drinking water from Sebago Lake along its path. The Natural Resources Council of Maine was the first organization to bring the threat of tar sands to the public’s attention in Maine in 2009, and has been leading on this issue statewide ever since.
Tar sands oil is one of the dirtiest forms of energy on the planet and is a growing threat in Maine and the Northeast. Extracted from huge open-pit mines in Alberta, Canada, tar sands oil is 20% more carbon intensive than conventional crude oil.
Sending tar sands crude oil to Maine would require reversing an existing pipeline owned by Portland Montreal Pipe Line, a pipeline that passes next to Sebago Lake, the drinking water supply for more than 15% of Maine people. It could endanger Casco Bay and our fishing and lobster industries. Many Maine cities and towns passed resolutions in opposition to transporting tar sands oil through their communities, and South Portland passed the Clear Skies Ordinance to protect their community.
About 80 people turn out for the Planning Board’s hearing and vote on ordinance changes that would prevent tars sands oil from coming into the city. By Kelley Bouchard, Staff Writer Portland Press Herald news story SOUTH PORTLAND — A controversial proposal that would ban tar sands oil from coming into the city won the Read More
A proposed ordinance to keep the oil from entering the city passes its first hurdle in a 6-1 vote after 500 people pack a meeting to listen to the debate. By Kelley Bouchard, Staff Writer Portland Press Herald news story SOUTH PORTLAND — The City Council overwhelmingly approved a first reading Wednesday night of a Read More
The proposal aims to prevent the flow of the Canadian oil through the city. By Kelley Bouchard Staff Writer Portland Press Herald news story SOUTH PORTLAND — The City Council on Monday postponed action on a proposal that would block tar sands oil from coming into the city because City Hall couldn’t accommodate an overcapacity Read More
by Shelby Carignan The Forecaster news story SOUTH PORTLAND — City councilors suggested no significant alterations Wednesday to proposed ordinance changes that would keep unrefined tar sands oil out of the city. A special, three-member Draft Ordinance Committee recently drafted the changes, which would prohibit “the bulk loading of crude oil” in South Portland. The Read More
But others say the plan would hurt the city’s marine terminals. The council is scheduled to vote July 7. By Kelley Bouchard Staff Writer Portland Press Herald news story 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 Read More
I am here today representing the members and supporters of the Natural Resources Council of Maine, especially those who reside in South Portland. NRCM was founded by Maine people exactly 55 years ago today, and is the state’s leading environmental advocacy group, representing more than 16,000 members and supporters. I would like to commend Read More
Written by Lisa Neff Wisconsin Gazette news story Destructive mining and drilling practices in the heart of Canada’s boreal forest are putting millions of America’s migratory birds at risk and have already resulted in potentially hundreds of thousands of fatalities, according to a report from the National Wildlife Federation and the Natural Resources Council of Maine. Read More
Interior Department Must Declare Canada is Undermining International Wildlife Protections News Release Destructive mining and drilling practices in the heart of Canada’s boreal forest—a huge and important bird nursery—are putting millions of America’s migratory birds at risk and have already resulted in potentially hundreds of thousands of fatalities, according to an issue brief released today Read More