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South Portland to try again on tar sands oil ban

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 9, 2014 at 3:02 am •  Published: July 9, 2014

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The South Portland City Council is scheduled to vote on an ordinance that would prohibit loading tar sands crude oil in bulk onto marine tank vessels in the city.

City officials say hundreds showed up to Monday's scheduled meeting and the council's chamber only seats 96. Mayor Jerry Jalbert said the turnout was a hazard so the city council postponed the vote.

The proposal will now be taken up Wednesday at 7 p.m. at South Portland Community Center, which has 500 to 600 seats.

The vote is to be followed by planning board review July 15 and final vote July 21.


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