2014-06-27 / Letters

Reader supports city group’s ordinance

To the editor:

The South Portland City Council should be commended for its commitment to protecting its residents from the harmful air pollution that would be generated by the bulk loading of crude oil on our waterfront. They succeeded in creating a transparent and inclusive process for the writing of a new ordinance – where input has been invited from all parties. I feel enormously grateful to the members of the Draft Ordinance Committee who contributed countless hours, hearing input from businesses, residents and experts to create the Clear Skies Ordinance.

All of us have an investment in breathing clean air. I am extremely concerned about our most vulnerable residents – our developing children, the frail and elderly, as well as future generations who are counting on us to preserve a livable and healthy community.

The Clear Skies Ordinance succeeds in protecting existing businesses, including terminals and marinas by narrowly focusing on the bulk loading of crude oil, including tar sands, for export on tankers – an activity that has never been done here before. It protects all existing business activity, including the transport of gasoline, diesel, biodiesel, jet fuel, kerosene, home heating oil and other refined oils.

Roberta Zuckerman
South Portland

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