Please join us for this important workshop to
protect our Pesticide Use Ordinance
from Portland's Pipeline's request for an Amendment to spray toxic pesticides on 72 acres around their oil tanks.
What: City Council Workshop to protect our Pesticide Ordinance
When: Tuesday April 10th at 7PM (tomorrow)
Where: City Hall - 25 Cottage Rd., So Portland
Stop Portland Pipeline from adding an amendment to our Pesticide Use Ordinance that would allow them to broadcast spray 72 acres around their oil tanks with toxic pesticides - in close proximity to our schools! It is up to the city council to rule on this, as PPL is not asking for a waiver from PMAC (the advisory group established to review requests for an exemption), but for an amendment to the ordinance - totally bypassing the process!
Despite the fact that the issue of pesticide-use was initiated at the Council on 6/8/15 with an ordinance passed on 9/7/16 with extensive opportunity for all stakeholders, including PPL to have input, they have waited for the eve of the ordinance going into effect on 5/1 to submit this amendment request - asking to be fast-tracked by the council!!
According to our ordinance, PPL has to provide proof that they have used other means to get rid of the weeds before being eligible for an exemption. ( They say that power mowing is not possible due to the fire danger/sparks.)
There are many alternative methods such as:
using organic pesticides, rotary, battery or gas powered mowers, weed wackers, manual weeding, smothering, gravel or rock mulch, steaming, low ground covers, as well as renting goats. Also, many of the tanks are empty, so does the same danger of sparks apply to empty tanks?
Creating an amendment for PPL could set a dangerous precedent for other businesses' potential sense of entitlement that ordinances to protect our community's health should not apply to them.
Be there with us to speak against this challenge to the very integrity of our Pesticide Ordinance.
Imagine, both the Pipeline and the Pesticide Ordinance at one city council fight, who would have thought it?
( Public comment up to 2 min. each)
And please write to our city councilors to let them know how unnecessary & damaging this amendment would be for our city.
Maxine Beecher MBeecher@southportland.org
Linda Cohen LCohen@southportland.org
Adrian Dowling ADowling@southportland.org
Sue Henderson SHenderson@southportland.org
Kate Lewish KLewis@southportland.org
Claude Morgan CMorgan@southportland.org
Eben Rose ERose@southportland.org
~ Meg Braley and the Protect South Portland team