Clear Skies Legal Defense Fund

You can help! 

After a four day trial in U.S. District Court in Portland in June, the judge ruled in favor of the City of South Portland.  Portland Pipeline is now appealing the decision which will result in costly defense in front of the appeals court in Boston.

A legal defense fund has been established to accept donations to help fight this lawsuit.



Donations can be sent to:

City of South Portland
Attn: Clear Skies Fund
25 Cottage Road
South Portland, Maine  04106

Make checks payable to City of South Portland

With the help from a City Council appointed Draft Ordinance Committee, Ordinance #1-14/15 passed roll call vote on July 21, 2014 and became effective twenty days later.  The ordinance prohibits the bulk loading of crude oil onto any marine tank vessel in the Shipyard Zoning District or Shoreland Overlay District.

The Portland Pipe Line Corporation and The American Waterways Operators filed a lawsuit in Federal Court against the City of South Portland and its' Code Enforcement Officer on Friday, February 6, 2015, seeking to overturn Ordinance #1-14/15.  In addition to the City's law firm of Jensen, Baird, Gardner and Henry, the City Council has retained the law firm of Foley Hoag of Boston, Massachusetts, a firm specializing in environmental law and litigation.

(Charitable contributions to governmental units are tax-deductible under section 170(c)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code if made for a public purpose. Credit card fees will be deducted from the donation amount.)