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South Portland Tar Sands Ordinance Defeated
11/05/2013 9:46 PM ET  

According to unofficial results compiled by the Bangor Daily News, 51 percent of those who voted opposed the measure, while 49 percent voted in favor. 

Voters in South Portland have narrowly rejected an ordinance aimed at preventing a heavy form of crude oil called tar sands from being brought to the city for export. 

According to unofficial results compiled by the Bangor Daily News, 51 percent of those who voted opposed the measure, while 49 percent voted in favor. 

Environmental groups are lamenting the outcome.  In a statement, Natural Resources Council of Maine Executive Director Lisa Pohlmann says "oil companies and the American Petroleum Institute poured hundreds of thousands of dollars into South Portland, in one of the biggest expenditures on a local referendum in Maine history. This money was used to fund a relentless campaign that spread misinformation and fear."

But opponents of the ordinance said it would stifle existing and new businesses along the South Portland waterfront, and hurt the economy.

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