In September of 2014 Pembina Pipleline announced that it planned to build a $500 million propane export terminal near the Port of Portland . In May, in spite of a promise of 800 construction jobs and $12 million in taxes being injected into the economy every year, local citizens concerned about the environmental impact of the project, torpedoed the plan.
Initially, the Mayor of Portland Charlie Hales, supported the project, downplaying safety concerns about moving propane by rail though the port. Once environmentalists and community organizations organized against Pembina creating overwhelming opposition to the project, the mayor reversed his support.
On May 7, Pembina reaffirmed its plans to proceed towards next steps in the development of its proposed Portland Propane Export Terminal Project. Mayor Hales will be one of five votes that will be represented at the City Council hearing, scheduled for June 10, 2015.
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