Portland mayor cuts support to propane terminal proposal

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PORTLAND — Portland’s mayor Charlie Hales says he has asked a Canadian company to withdraw its proposal for a propane terminal at the port of Portland.

In a statement Thursday, Hales said he changed his mind about the terminal project because it doesn’t meet the city’s high environmental standards and values.

Critics have called the terminal dangerous and harmful to the environment, saying it would release 3 million to 5 million metric tons of carbon dioxide annually.

Pembina Pipeline Corp. of Calgary, Alberta, plans to ship propane derived from natural gas in western Canada. It would go by rail to the Portland terminal, where it would be stored in tanks then loaded on ships to Asia.

Unless it is withdrawn, the proposal will come before the City Council on June 10.