SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – A pipeline company has dropped a federal lawsuit against a city in Maine, ending a years-long legal battle over a local law that prevented the company from importing crude oil from the Canada.
South Portland and Portland Pipe Line Corp. have been in court for over six years because of the city’s Clear Skies order. The law prevented the pipeline company from reversing the flow of an old pipeline to bring crude oil into Maine.
The company abandoned its fight on Thursday, reported the Portland Press Herald. The company had wanted to load crude oil in bulk onto tankers in the port of South Portland. Instead, he agreed with the 1st U.S. Court of Appeals to dismiss his appeal from an earlier federal court judgment upholding the city’s order.
South Portland Mayor Misha Pride said he was “proud that our community has the courage to stand up for what we believe is right and to invest the time and financial resources to stand up for ourselves.” The city spent $ 2.8 million to fight the lawsuit, the Press Herald reported.
The city was bolstered last month by a brief filed by the Biden administration which supported its ruling as constitutional. The city ordinance prohibits crude exports on the basis of air quality protection.
The pipeline itself dates from the WWII era and is mostly out of service in the modern era. It is over 200 miles of underground pipeline and has transported billions of barrels of foreign crude from Maine to refineries in Montreal over the years.