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Tar sands ordinance passes in South Portland

SOUTH PORTLAND (WGME) -- The city council voted late Monday night in favor of a ban on tar sands oil in the city, making the city the first community in the country to enact such an ordinance, according to supporters.

The city council passed the Clean Skies Ordinance by a vote of 6-1 around 10:30 p.m. Supporters say it will ensure a clean and safe waterfront; opponents have argued the plan will kill jobs on the waterfront.

Hundreds packed the Community Center Monday night - mostly wearing blue in support of the ordinance.

City leaders passed an initial reading along the same margins, 6-1.