City of South Portland Tar Sands Moratorium
Democracy AND Action!
After a 3 hour process that included other City Council business and lengthy public comment related to the tar sands moratorium, the City Council voted 6-1 (District 1 City Councilor Michael Pock opposed) in support of a temporary 6 month moratorium on tar sands oil being exported out of South Portland.
Eben Rose presenting @ the SoPo City Council Meeting
A committee will be formed to develop a new ordinance - with majority Council support for a small committee (3) of unbiased land use lawyers/planners (no oil industry representation). Tremendous success - thanks all!
On Monday, December 16th, the South Portland City Council will meet to have a “Second Reading” of the tar sands moratorium that has been considered over the past weeks.
We need citizen support for the City Council to “do the right thing” with this moratorium. In many respects, they already have: at last week's Workshop, all 7 city councillors voiced their opposition to tar sands oil!
Please attend the meeting tonight: 7:00-9:00 pm; City Hall, 2nd Floor Council Chambers
Here’s some more information, provided by our friends at Protect South Portland:
Topic: Second Reading and vote to pass the moratorium to prevent Portland Pipe Line from obtaining permits to build infrastructure that would allow them to bring tar sands to South Portland.
Even though City Council has stated they will have an ordinance written by a small group of individuals to protect South Portland from tar sands - we still need to keep up with our attendance at meetings and persistence with our message.
The letter from the American Petroleum Institute* to the City Council which basically promises legal action against any attempts to limit Portland Pipe Line actions is just the first in what will be a hard push from the oil industry to keep the City from doing anything to stop tar sands. They have also had their attorney come to City Hall meetings and workshops, representatives from the Canadian government attend meetings as well as other executives. And that was BEFORE the Council stated their intent to write an ordinance to permanently prevent tar sands from ever coming to South Portland. The legal and financial pressures are sure to increase and that is the reason the voice of the people needs to be heard - this is far from over.
TOMORROW: Monday 12/16 is a City Council Meeting to address the passing of the moratorium which will prevent the Pipe Line from getting the permits they could use to complete a pipe line reversal project. Please come to this meeting!
WE MUST HAVE THIS MORATORIUM IN PLACE AS A PROTECTION UNTIL THE NEW ORDINANCE IS LEGALLY IN PLACE TO PREVENT ANY PERMITS FROM BEING ISSUED BY THE CITY IN THE IMMEDIATE FUTURE.
PLEASE ATTEND THE COUNCIL MEETING AND SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR THE MORATORIUM TOMORROW!
* see the letter here…impressively annotated by Eben Rose.