SOUTH PORTLAND (AP) — A proposed fire code amendment in South Portland would effectively ban most companies from developing liquefied petroleum gas distribution facilities in the city.

The Portland Press Herald ( ) reported the proposal would block NGL Supply Terminal Co. from going further with a proposal to build a $3 million propane depot in the city. It would not, however, prevent Pan Am Railways from establishing a propane depot.

Members of the City Council are divided on the proposal, which was made by city staff. Councilor Claude Morgan says it is a better option than a related citizens’ proposal. But other councilors say the citizens’ effort was intended to fight Pan Am and is worthwhile.

The council has voted to postpone consideration of fire codes until March 7.

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