SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- People who don't want tar sands oil brought into South Portland are getting support from many businesses in the city. They are hoping that together they can prevent the construction of infrastructure that would allow the Portland Montreal Pipeline Corporation to reverse the flow of one of its pipes and bring tar sands oil from Canada to tanker ships in Casco Bay.
Two hundred and sixteen South Portland businesses signed a letter concern outlining their opposition to any project that would bring tar sands oil into the city. Many business and community leaders joined with environmental activists to talk about the range of support they have received in their efforts to keep South Portland tar sands free.
The move comes as people on both sides of the issue work to mobilize and inform voters of the impact of a controversial Waterfront Protection Ordinance that will be voted on in November.
Those opposed to tar sands oil say the ordinance will protect property values and the quality of their land and air by preventing smokestacks and a pump station from being built that could allow the pipeline to bring tar sands oil to Maine from Canada.
A coalition of oil industry groups and concerned citizens say the wording of the ordinance could put some businesses that currently are in operation in the city in jeopardy.