Maine Town Wins Round In Tar Sands Oil Battle With Industry

Above Photo: The city of South Portland, Maine has spent five years fighting to stop a local pipeline company from bringing tar sands oil through the city and building a pair smokestacks near Bug Light Park. Credit: Corey Templeton via Creative Commons

At the heart of the legal fight between South Portland and a pipeline company is the issue of ‘local control,’ and whether a community can block an energy project.