- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 4, 2015

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - South Portland officials are hiring a Boston law firm to help defend the city’s ban on loading crude oil into tankers in Portland Harbor.

South Portland is hiring Foley Hoag, a firm specializing in environmental law and litigation. Portland Pipe Line Corp. filed a federal lawsuit against the city on Feb. 6 in an attempt to overturn the ban.

The Portland Press Herald (https://bit.ly/1GfMbUU ) reports the city’s ordinance is intended to prevent the flow of the South Portland-to-Montreal pipeline from being reversed and potentially bring tar sands oil into Maine.

It is not clear how much the legal defense will cost. South Portland’s legal budget for the fiscal year is $185,000. The city is also setting up a fund to raise money to fight the lawsuit.

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Information from: Portland Press Herald, https://www.pressherald.com

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