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South Portland voters will decide in November whether to prohibit upgrades to a pier where the Portland Pipe Line Corp. has a terminal to import oil for refining in Ontario and Quebec. Numerous towns have voted on resolutions to object to transporting tar sands through the state, but the Bangor Daily News reported the South Portland measure is the only one that stands to actually prevent it. Supporters of the new zoning restrictions are concerned the company has plans to reverse the flow of its Montreal-Maine pipeline to export oil from Canadian tar sands, which they say poses environmental risks. Opponents of the ordinance argue it is too broad and that fears about transporting tar sands oil through that pipeline are overstated.
Would you vote to restrict new development at the So. Portland pier?