Pipeline Protest: Dozens stand against Keystone expansion
PORTLAND (WGME) -- The debate over the use of tar sands isn't losing any steam in Southern Maine.
A rally on Saturday is the latest protest against the expansion of the Keystone Pipeline. Several groups spoke out as part of a nationwide day of "Action Against Dirty Fuels.
The group is against the proposed 1,100 mile extension of the Keystone Pipeline from Alberta, Canada to Nebraska.
"When tar sand spills, it's different than conventional oil, it sinks to the bottom, it coats the bottom, it's much more difficult to clean up," Said Glen Brand with the Sierra Club. "There are parts of the Kalamazoo River that will never be cleaned up in a practical way. We can't allow that to happen in Maine."
The South Portland City Council recently extended a moratorium on tar sands for six months. They now have until November to vote on a new ordinance that could ban tar sands from the city.