In an abrupt about-face, Mayor Charlie Hales yesterday told the Port of Portland that he is dropping his support for a proposed $500 million propane terminal to be built by the Canadian company Pembina Pipeline Corporation.
That’s a death sentence for the massive project, which Hales earlier championed. The mayor reportedly cited concerns about how the project could affect his 2016 re-election campaign when he informed the Port he was pulling the plug.
Environmentalists and residents close to the railroad tracks that would bring propane-laden trains from Canada criticized the deal, raising concerns about safety and the export of a fossil fuel.
Port of Portland Executive Director Bill Wyatt notified Port colleagues Hales was pulling the plug.