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Local Chambers Oppose South Portland Ordinance
10/15/2013 05:29 PM ET  

The ordinance is designed to prevent the possible construction of a tar sands export facility in the city.

More official opposition to South Portland's proposed Waterfront Protection Ordinance: Today, the Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce announced that it's board of directors has come out against the proposal, echoing a move by the board of the South Portland/Cape Elizabeth Community Chamber which voted unanimously to oppose the plan, as written.

The ordinance is designed to prevent the possible construction of a tar sands export facility in the city. Portland Chamber CEO Chris Hall says the measure, to be decided by South Portland voters next month, doesn't mention tar sands and is overly broad.

"I think as people learn about the true impacts, I think more and more folks are just going to be saying, 'Wow, that's bad for our community,'" Hall says. "Now, there may be a separate conversation about this idea of tar sands, but that's not what the ordinance talks about."

Meanwhile, the organization spearheading the WPO campaign has submitted a legal analysis to the council which it says shows that the measure would not have broad negative impacts on existing waterfront businesses, as opponents have suggested, and that it does not prohibit current existing uses by the petroleum industry.

This story was reported and written by Susan Sharon and Ed Morin.



 

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