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City council stalls tar sands proposal

UPDATE regarding yesterday's post: The city council unanimously voted last night to send the Environmental Performance Policy -- which would ensure that oil-based fuels used for city operations (heating fuel, etc.) are not purchased from refineries that process tar sands -- back to the Transportation, Sustainability, and Energy Committee for further review.

Emily Figdor, of Environment Maine, released the following statement:

"While it's disappointing that the Council delayed the decision, there was a lot of support on the Council for making Portland's operations tar sands-free. Several of the Councilors wanted more information about how the policy would work, especially after hearing misinformation from the numerous oil industry lobbyists there. But the residents of Portland spoke loud and clear that tar sands oil is dirty, dangerous, and should have no place in our city. We call on the Council to act swiftly to make Portland tar sands-free."

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