2014-09-05 / Letters

Council did the right thing

To the editor:

I’d like to respond to two weeks of letters to the editor critical of the city council’s vote, limiting oil and gas infrastructure expansion on South Portland’s waterfront.

I don’t agree with Don Russell or John Land and I think it’s a big mistake to pump tar sands here. Accidents happen. Oil pipelines leak. It’s almost impossible to clean up a tar sands (dilbit - diluted bitumen) leak; ask people near the Kalamazoo River in Michigan how hard and expensive it is. Enbridge (Exxon/Mobil) operates that pipeline too and it leaked 1 million gallons into the Kalamazoo River and they’re still trying to clean it up four years later. Total cost of clean up to date is near $1 billion. They were saying their pipeline wouldn’t leak – it did.

No amount of jobs or money is worth polluting the lakes streams and ground water anywhere in Maine. I support the council’s effort to protect the citizens of South Portland and also anywhere this pipeline might affect residents of Maine.

Andy Haynes
South Portland

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