SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Residents in South Portland are the latest group to oppose any plans to transport tar sands oil through the coastal community.
Dozens of supporters were on hand for a news conference this morning announcing a campaign to get a new ordinance on the November ballot.
The ordinance to would change the city's existing zoning ordinance and block the Portland Pipe Line Corporation from expanding or building any new infrastructure at it's existing facilities near Bug Light.
Members of Concerned Citizens of South Portland believes this is the first citizen's initiative in the state. They feel if passed, it would carry much more weight than nonbiding resolutions which have been approved in other communities.
'Maine does not have a law a 250, we do have thanks to our wonderful charter in South Portland, a people's initiative. To protect jobs, to protect the community and our health,' said Robert Sellin.
Portland Pipe Line Corporation released a statement:
'We're obviously disappointed in this latest attack on our company, our reputation and the benefits we provide to South Portland and the region. In all of our years of operations in South Portland, we have successfully protected the safety of our employees, the community and the environment and provided many good jobs and economic benefits to the city.
We are in the process of evaluating the petition documents and what they mean to our organization and the community.'