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South Portland Officials Decide Against Propane Moratorium

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine - South Portland officials have decided against a six-month moratorium on the development of propane storage and distribution facilities.

The decision comes after NGL Supply Terminal Co. submitted a proposal to build a propane depot at Rigby Yard.

The Portland Press Herald reports councilors voted 4-3 on Wednesday in favor of the moratorium, but it needed a super majority of five votes to pass.

Opponents of the proposal sought a moratorium because they want city officials to study the potential public safety impacts of a propane depot.

Officials are in the process of developing a fire code amendment that could block future construction of a propane depot. The amendment would require propane storage and distribution facilities to be located at least 1,257 feet from anything considered "critical infrastructure.''