Does South Portland Oilsands Ban Spell Doom for Keystone XL "Plan B"?

South Portland, Maine's moratorium on shipments of Alberta oilsands products may signal a tough road ahead for a proposed alternative to the Keystone XL pipeline.

“The city council in South Portland, Maine, has placed a moratorium on shipments of Canadian oilsands product, a move that was met with 'cheers and a standing ovation,' according to local news sources,” reports the Huffington Post.

“Portland Pipe Line Corp. had planned to reverse the flow of a pipeline between South Portland and Montreal, in order to bring oilsands product to the Atlantic coast, the Portland Press Herald reports.”

“But a grassroots political movement has succeeded in stopping that, at least temporarily…but council is already working on a law that would ban oilsands shipments permanently.”

The American Petroleum Institute has responded by suggesting it may sue over the moratorium which it regards both as illegal and unconstitutional.

Full Story: South Portland, Maine, Passes Oilsands Moratorium


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