SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- With a 6-1 vote, South Portland City Councilors have made history by passing an ordinance to block the loading of crude oil, including tar sands oil.
According to the Natural Resources Council of Maine, South Portland is the first community to pass such an ordinance.
A crowd of about 300 people turned out to hear the vote on the Clear Skies Ordinance Monday night.
The council held the meeting at the South Portland Community Center to accommodate the large crowd.
Environmentalists have supported the ordinance, saying tar sands oil is dangerous and harmful to air and water quality.
Opponents of the ordinance, including members of the oil industry, say the action will limit future development in South Portland's waterfront.