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ExxonMobi l ,t he major i ty owner of t he Por t l and-Mont rea lp ipe l ine ,p lans t o use t he 63-yea r o ld p ipe l ine t o ca r ry t ox ic t a rsands o i lt o Sou th Por t l and fo rexpor tou t of Casco Bay .The p lan would r equ i r e bu i ld ing two 70-foo tt a l lsmokes tacks— the t a l l e s ti n South Por t l and—on t he p ie rnex tt o i con ic Bug Ligh t ,as wel las add i t iona lo i lexpor t i n f r as t ruc tu re wi th in t he c i t y .The pro jec t t h r ea t ens Sou th Por t l and ’ sa i rqua l i t y ,dr ink ing wate r ,t r easu red coas t ,proper ty va lues ,and t ou r i s t i ndus t r y . Sou th Por t l and paren t s ,prope r ty owners ,hea l th pro fes s iona l s ,f i she rmen ,l oca lbus inesses ,and o the rr e s iden t shave come t oge the ri n an e f fo r tt o pro tec tt he communi ty by s topp ing t he pro jec t . Our Waterfront Protection Ordinance would b lock ExxonMobi lf rom bu i ld ing new smokes tacks and o the ro i li n f r a s t ruc tu re needed t o expor tt a rsands ou t of Casco Bay .P lease sig n t he petition to p u t t he ordi na nce on t he N o vem ber 2013 ballot. S o u t h Po r t la nd voters, not E xxon Mobil, shou ld decide t he f ut u re of ou r com m u ni t y. T he r is k s to S o ut h Po r t la nd are too g reat:

• E xxon Mobil w o u l d build t w o to we ri n g s mo kestac k s bet ween B u g

Li g ht and S p r i n g Poi nt Ledge Li g ht ho uses. The smokes tacks a re needed t o burn of ft ox ic po l lu t an t sas t he t a rsands i sl oaded on to t anker s fo rexpor t .The s t ruc tu res would emi tdangerous po l lu tan t sknown as V OCs (vo la t i l eorgan ic compounds ) .V OCs r eac twi th o the r chemica l si n sun l igh tt o fo rm ground-l eve lozone ,known com monly as smog . Smog t r i gge r s as thma a t t acks as wel las o the rr e sp i ra to ry and ca rd iovascu la r prob lems .Near ly 5 ,000 k ids and 27 ,300 adu l t si n Cumber land County a lone su f fe rf rom as thma , and Cumber land County a l ready has work t o do t oc lean up improve i t sa i r qua l i ty— in 2013 ,t he coun ty r ece ived a grade of C f rom t heA mer ican Lung Assoc ia t ion fo ri t ssmog l eve l s .The Por t l and Pipe l ine Corp .i sa l ready t he #1 source of V OCs i n South Por t l and ,and t hese new smokes tacks would on ly i nc rease t h i sdangerous a i r po l lu t ion .In add i t ion t o be ing a new source of l oca la i rpo l lu t ion ,t he smokes tacks ,which would be h igh ly v i s ib le f rom impor tan tscen ic l oca le si nc lud ing Bug Ligh t ,Wil la rd Beach ,S MCC, and e l sewhere ,would damage t he beau ty of t he Sou th Por t l and coas t l ine . w a ter and Casco B a y. The o ld p ipe l ine cu t st h rough Sebago Lake ,which i st he source of our dr ink ing wate r and a f avor i t ef ami ly des t ina t ion fo rgenera t ions of Mainer s . Sebago Lake i sso pr i s t ine t ha ti t ’ sone of j u s ta handfu lof dr ink ing wate r supp l i e si nt he en t i r e coun t ry t ha tneeds t o be on ly min ima l ly f i l t e r ed .Tar sands p ipe l ines have a h i s to ry of rup tu r ing and sp i l l ing ,and when t hey sp i l l ,t a rsands i sv i r tua l ly imposs ib le t oc lean up .Spi l l sa l so cou ld occur as t he t a rsands i sl oaded on to t anke r s and t r anspor t ed ou t of Casco Bay .A sp i l li n Sebago Lake or Casco Bay cou ld be a ca tas t rophe fo rour dr ink ing wate r ,proper ty va lues ,and f i she r i e s ,and cou ld devas t a t et he Sou th Por t l and economy . p rov i n g to be fa r m o re da ma gi n g t ha n spills of con ventional oil. Tar sands o i lt ends t os ink i n wate r and i sex t reme ly s t i cky .In t he l a s tt h ree year sa lone ,t he re

• T he ta r sands p roject also t h reatens S o u t h Po r t lan d’s d ri n k i n g

• Ta r sands spills a re ha p penin g aro u n d t he cou n t r y an d are

have been two mass ive U.S .t a rsands sp i l l s—one i nArkansas and t he o the ri n Mich igan . The 2010 sp i l li n Mich igan has permanen t ly po l lu t ed more t han 30 miles of t he Kalamazoo River and i ss t i l lbe ing c leaned up ,wi th cos t sexpec ted t ot op $1 b i l l i on . More t han two months a f t e rExxonMobi l ’ s60-yea r o ld Pegasus p ipe l ine burs tand sp i l l ed t a rsands i na r e s iden t i a lne ighborhood i n Mayf lower ,Arkansas ,and i n to a marsh on Lake Conway—the s t a t e ’ smost popu la rf i sh ing des t ina t ion—res iden t sa re s t i l lexper i enc ing hea l th prob lems ,and t he c leanup has on ly begun .

• E xxon Mobil’s p roject is co m pletely at odds w i t h t he pla n S o u t h

Po r t la nd residents developed to g ui de ou r city’s f ut u re. Sou th Por t l and ’ s Comprehens ive Plan was deve loped wi th broad i npu tand suppor tf rom r e s iden t sac ross t he c i t y .The p lan env i s ions t r ans i t i on ing t he Shipya rd a rea ,where Exxon ’ ss t acks would be bu i l t ,t o a mixed-use a rea t ha tpro tec t st r ad i t iona lmar ine uses whi le accommoda t ing r ec rea t iona l ,bus iness ,and r e s iden t i a luses .

• E xxon Mobil has a histo r y of spills an d envi ron mental rec k lessness.
The company has a t e r r ib l et r ack r ecord of sp i l l s ,i nc lud ing a mass ive t a rsands sp i l lj u s t months ago i n Mayf lower ,Arkansas .We shou ld no tl e tExxonMobi l— the b igges tof Big Oi l— t ranspor tt a rsands t h rough our communi ty fo rt he so le purpose of i nc reas ing t he i r pro f i t s . S i g n t he petition to k eep S o u t h Po r t lan d safe, t h ri v i n g, an d t he place w e are p ro u d to call ho me. F M I contact C o ncerned CitizensOf So Po@g mail.com