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The festival, created and organized by East End Community School parents and teachers, is scheduled for April 3-7 at venues throughout Portland. All winning films have been nominated for "The Golden Lighthouse Award," which will be announced during the festival's Red Carpet Night scheduled for April 3 at the Portland Public Library.
Among the contest winners is 6-year-old Georgia Lobozzo of Cape Elizabeth, who won the K-2 category for her original short film titled "Barney and Quackers," a claymation film about a friendship between a duck and a bear. The winners were selected by a panel of independent artists and filmmakers along with media studies professors from the University of Southern Maine, Southern Maine Community College and Bates College.
To see a complete list of the winning films and for more information on the festival and tickets, go to www.portlandchildrensfilmfestival.com.
Groups ask for moratorium on tar sands oil pipelines
Several environmental groups in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont are asking federal regulators for a moratorium on new tar sands oil pipelines until new standards are created.
The groups contend current safety rules aren't adequate in addressing "dirty" sands oil from Alberta, Canada.
So far, none of that oil is flowing through the region. But the Portland Montreal Pipeline Co. said it would welcome the opportunity to use the pipeline that crosses Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine to transport the oil from Montreal to Portland.
Critics say pipelines carrying sands oil through Midwestern states have spilled nearly three times the national average of crude oil per mile of pipeline. But the industry cites data that show pipelines carrying sands oil aren't more prone to failure than those carrying conventional crude.
EPA says pulp mill will pay $126,000 to settle claims
The Environmental Protection Agency says a Maine pulp mill has agreed to pay $126,000 to settle claims it violated the terms and conditions of its discharge permits.
The EPA said Red Shield Acquisition LLC discharged processed wastewater and storm water from its Old Town mill in violation of the terms of permits issued by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection. Red Shield does business under the name Old Town Fuel and Fiber.
The EPA said Red Shield also failed to adequately maintain control measures to reduce pollutants in the storm water discharges.
The agency said the company cooperated throughout the investigation and has completed some of the work needed to fix the problems.
-- From staff and news services