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