The Draft Ordinance Committee has it right when it says that the city of South Portland can prevent tar-sands operations through use of its broad home rule authority and general police powers.
Portland Pipe Line is wrong when it says that a tar-sands facility is just a state/federal issue. Federal and state laws may regulate certain issues, but the matter of tar sands in the city does not end there. South Portland has the power and authority to do more.
There are very compelling reasons for the city to want to prevent tar-sands operations. The most compelling in my mind is to protect our children from the very harmful environmental impacts of tar sands.
Portland Pipe Line shouldn’t be allowed to profit at the expense of the health of our children. Our kids deserve better.