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.
December 19, 2013, 8am PST | Kasper_O_Koblauch
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“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.

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Published on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 in The Huffington Post
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