2017-03-31 / Letters

New administration threatens ban

To the editor:

In 2014, South Portland passed a ban on the pipeline planned to export tar sands from Bug Light. Now, with President Trump having signed papers to allow for the advancement of The Keystone Pipeline, groups are joining to have this ban lifted. With our current legislation, supporters of the pipeline have found new strength. Other pipeline companies have begun wanting to be able to export tar sands themselves.

This cannot happen. Tar sands are dirty, costly to produce and toxic to refine. Before 2014, tar sands were hardly considered a way to extract oil, due to the costly and environmentally unfriendly process needed. However, with the depletion of oil, it has become a valuable product to sell. Dr. James Hansen said at the 2014 tar sands hearing, “We’re screwing our children, grandchildren, all future generations if we think we can use those unconventional fossil fuels.” I am inclined to agree. Tar sands are dangerous, polluting and can do more harm than good.

South Portland bans the loading of crude oil onto ships. Many companies want to remove this ban because it hinders them from buying and selling tar sands from Canada. Companies that aren’t affected are feeling threatened by the existence of the ban and believe that it will prompt other legislation against their own pipelines and boats. Portland Pipeline Corporation filed a federal lawsuit against the city to try to remove this ban and allow the tar sands to be exported from Montreal to Maine, allowing it to be exported to refineries. This lawsuit cannot be allowed to pass. Allowing it to do so would condemn our future generations, and destroy the natural beauty of South Portland. Please consider taking action against the Portland pipeline.

Julia Lancia Portland

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