SOUTH PORTLAND (AP) — The city of South Portland has asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit by the Portland Pipe Line Corp., saying the company cannot claim damages from a city ordinance because it has “no current plans” to reverse the flow of the pipeline to bring Canadian crude oil to Maine.

The Portland Press Herald ( ) reported that the city is defending its Clear Skies ordinance, which bans loading crude oil into tankers in the harbor and effectively prevents the company from reversing the flow of its South Portland-to-Montreal pipeline to bring Canadian tar sands oil to Maine.

Lawyers contend the company has jumped the gun in claiming the ordinance violates its constitutional rights, federal statutes and maritime laws, noting the company is trying to maintain its ability to “respond to market conditions.”

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