Environment: And Now, Superports

In Augusta, Me., last week, the state legislature began considering a bill that would control industrial development of the scenic coastline to prevent environmental damage. The measure has already stirred heated controversy throughout the state, but it has drawn little attention elsewhere, although one section of the bill may have effects far beyond the shores of Maine. It bans the establishment of deepwater oil ports anywhere in the state except Portland, where the existing port is already operating at capacity.

Passage of the bill would thus close off the only stretch of the entire Gulf and Atlantic coastlines still available to supertankers....

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