As a long-serving and proud member of South Portland’s working waterfront, I am extremely grateful that South Portland voters stood with their waterfront neighbors and defeated the so-called Waterfront Protection Ordinance last November.
My appreciation from the fall is giving way to alarm. The same off-oil activists who assured us the WPO was a narrowly drafted ordinance are now pushing the city to adopt a disruptive and likely illegal ordinance banning so-called tar sands. As was the case with the WPO, there is a lot the off-oilers aren’t telling us about tar sands and their true intentions.
As a waterfront community and as consumers of energy, we need to insist that our elected officials consider the best available science before being pushed into an ill-conceived and likely illegal ban of an affordable and abundant energy source. I hope that is what occurs in the months to come.
Mark Usinger, A.L. Griffin Ship Chandlers