Irwin Gratz, MPBN staff
A South Portland group says it’s gathered enough signatures to prompt a vote on a local ordinance aimed at preventing the flow of tar sands oil through Maine.
Concerned Citizens of South Portland needed to gather 900 signatures to qualify for the November ballot. As Carol Masterson told supporters outside South Portland City Hall today, the group managed to collect far more than that.
“After Mayor Tom Blake and Dee Dee Blake add their signatures, we’ll deliver 3,779,” she told the cheering throng.
If enough signatures are validated, it will likely force a vote this November on an ordinance that would bar new or expanded facilities for handling oil along the South Portland waterfront.
It has been suggested that the flow in the Portland-Montreal Pipe Line Corporation pipelines would one day be reversed to allow tar sands crude to be pumped from Canada to waiting ships in South Portland. The company has said it has no current plans to do that.