Tar sands protest in South Portland

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Fryeburg resident Nickie Sekena, left, her son Luke Sekena-Flanders and Porter resident Doug Bowen were among about two dozen people Wednesday protesting the proposed flow of Canadian oil extracted from tar sands into South Portland. The demonstration organized by 350Maine at the headquarters of Portland Pipe Line Corp. on Hill Street opposed a reversal in direction of a pipeline from Montreal that would allow the oil to flow to the city. Another, larger protest is planned Saturday afternoon by the Natural Resources Council of Maine at Monument Square in Portland. South Portland Mayor Tom Blake has scheduled a March 11 City Council workshop to discuss the city’s position on tar-sands oil.