Stop the Smokestacks and Spills!
Protect South Portland’s Air, Water, Scenic Beauty, and Property Values from Tar Sands Oil
ExxonMobil, the majority owner of the Portland-Montreal pipeline, plans to use the 63-year-oldpipeline to carry toxic tar sands oil to South Portland for export out of Casco Bay. The plan wouldrequire building two 70-foot tall smokestacksthe tallest in South Portlandon the pier next to
iconic Bug Light, as well as additional oil export-infrastructure within the city. The projectthreatens South Portland’s air quality, drinking water, treasured coast, property values, and touristindustry.South Portland parents, property owners, health professionals, fishermen, local businesses, andother residents have come together in an effort to protect the community by stopping the project.Our
Waterfront Protection Ordinance
would block ExxonMobil from building new smokestacksand other oil infrastructure needed to export tar sands out of Casco Bay.
Please sign thepetition to put the ordinance on the November 2013 ballot. SouthPortland voters, not ExxonMobil, should decide the future of ourcommunity.The risks to South Portland are too great:
ExxonMobil would build two towering smokestacks between BugLight and Spring Point Ledge Lighthouses.
The smokestacks are needed toburn off toxic pollutants as the tar sands is loaded onto tankers for export. The structureswould emit dangerous pollutants known as VOCs (volatile organic compounds). VOCsreact with other chemicals in sunlight to form ground-level ozone, known commonly assmog. Smog triggers asthma attacks as well as other respiratory and cardiovascularproblems. Nearly 5,000 kids and 27,300 adults in Cumberland County alone suffer fromasthma, and Cumberland County already has work to do to clean up improve its airqualityin 2013, the county received a grade of C from the American Lung Association
for its smog levels. The Portland Pipeline Corp. is already the #1 source of VOCs inSouth Portland, and these new smokestacks would only increase this dangerous airpollution. In addition to being a new source of local air pollution, the smokestacks, whichwould be highly visible from important scenic locales including Bug Light, WillardBeach, SMCC, and elsewhere, would damage the beauty of the South Portland coastline.
The tar sands project also threatens South Portland’s drinkingwater and Casco Bay.
The old pipeline cuts through Sebago Lake, which is thesource of our drinking water and a favorite family destination for generations of Mainers.Sebago Lake is so pristine that it’s one of just a handful of drinking water supplies in theentire country that needs to be only minimally filtered. Tar sands pipelines have a historyof rupturing and spilling, and when they spill, tar sands is virtually impossible to cleanup. Spills also could occur as the tar sands is loaded onto tankers and transported out ofCasco Bay. A spill in Sebago Lake or Casco Bay could be a catastrophe for our drinkingwater, property values, and fisheries, and could devastate the South Portland economy.
Tar sands spills are happening around the country and areproving to be far more damaging than spills of conventional oil.
Tarsands oil tends to sink in water and is extremely sticky. In the last three years alone, there