Update on Clear Skies Status
You can help!
After a four day trial in U.S. District Court in Portland last June, the judge ruled in favor of the City of South Portland to uphold the ordinance. Portland Pipeline (PPL) is now appealing the decision, which will result in a costly defense at the appeals court in Boston.
The costs for appeal are substantially less than the initial case, which involved the very expensive process of discovery over a period of several years. Nonetheless, there will be significant costs involved in the appeal process which requires preparation of the City’s brief by the City’s attorneys in Boston.
The PPL has filed their objections to Judge Woodcock’s opinion. Foley Hoag will make a case that rebuts those objections and reinforces the City’s position. So, in brief, there will be costs. Good legal representation by a skilled litigator does not come cheap, especially at the appeal level.
The appeal could be assigned to a panel of judges as early as this coming spring, with the case potentially being heard by fall.
It continues to be important for the City to know that they have our support!
A legal defense fund has been established to accept donations to help fight this lawsuit. Any amount that you might be able to donate is enormously appreciated by the City.
Donations may be made:
1 - via this link on SouthPortland.org
2 - by sending a check made out to:
The City of South Portland
Sent to: City of South Portland
Attn: Clear Skies Fund
25 Cottage Road
South Portland, Maine 04106