Court Upholds Ban on Loading Crude Oil on South Portland Waterfront

Oil pumps in South Portland, Maine. Photo: Shutterstock

AUGUST 24, 2018 (PORTLAND, ME) – Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) released the following statement today in response to a federal court decision to uphold South Portland’s “clear skies” ordinance. The rule prohibits bulk loading of crude oil onto tankers in Casco Bay.

“Today’s decision is a huge win for the city of South Portland, and it proves that local action can make a difference,” said Sean Mahoney, Executive Vice President and Director of CLF Maine. “Big oil tried every legal trick in the book to try and invalidate this ordinance and they lost on every count. CLF is proud to have worked with partners on the local and state level to support this ordinance and protect the residents of South Portland and the health of Casco Bay. We believe this decision can be a model for other communities to protect local interests from those who would seek to do harm. As we are seeing every day now, the law matters.”

Click here to read the ordinance.

CLF experts are available for further comment,