The Portland Pipe Line Corp is trying to reverse a 75-year-old underground pipeline to receive crude oil from Canada to South Portland, Maine but is working against South Portland's ban on loading crude into tankers on its waterfront.
The ExxonMobil and Suncor Energy subsidiary filed a lawsuit against South Portland back in 2015 challenging its Clear Skies ordinance which bans the loading of crude oil into tankers on the city's waterfront. This ban effectively blocks the company from reversing the pipeline's flow to bring oil from Canada into South Portland.
The underground pipeline has been largely decommissioned over the last year due to lack of demand because the Canadian refineries are drawing crude from western Canada and North Dakota.
President of Portland Pipe Line Corp Thomas Hardison claims that Canadian suppliers can make available more than 100,000 barrels per day in volume, concluding that there is sufficient volume available to support a successful flow reversal project.
The city questions Hardison's estimates saying he did not provide detailed supporting data.
South Portland has asked a judge to dismiss the case, but the case continues.
Portland Press Herald