SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The South Portland Planning Board has voted 4-2 to recommend passage of a 180 day moratorium on loading tar sands products onto ships in the harbor.
The moratorium would give the city time to study the tar sands issue and decide if it can, and should, take any regulatory action on the matter. This follows a hotly-contested citywide referendum in which South Portland voters rejected an ordinance that would have banned tar sands products from the waterfront. The City Council voted in favor of the proposed moratorium at a first reading last Monday.
There will be another public hearing and final council vote December 16th.