by George Smith Bangor Daily News column “God does not come back and rebuild these mountains.” That was the testimony of a Maine tribal leader, in a 6-hour public hearing by the legislature’s Environment and Natural Resources Committee on mining bills. Many strong statements were delivered yesterday afternoon at the hearing. One of the strongest… Continue Reading
Senator Saviello, Representative Tucker, and members of the Environment and Natural Resources Committee: My name is Nick Bennett, and I am the Staff Scientist for the Natural Resources Council of Maine. I reside in Hallowell. I am testifying in opposition to LD 395 and LD 160 and in support of LD 820. Testimony in Opposition… Continue Reading
The Maine Board of Environmental Protection has voted unanimously to adopt controversial new mining rules for the state.
The Maine Board of Environmental Protection endorsed a major rewrite of mining regulations on Thursday, setting the stage for another legislative debate over the contentious issue.
By Anthony Brino, BDN Staff Bangor Daily News news story Controversial metal mining rules proposed by state regulators have been revised, and the public again has a chance to weigh in before the measures go any further. The Board of Environmental Protection continued discussions of the Department of Environmental Protection’s third proposal for new state… Continue Reading
by Andy O’Brien Free Press news story No metals have been mined in Maine since 1977, according to the Maine Geological Survey, but the LePage administration is hoping to revive the dormant industry if he can elect enough allies to the Legislature this November. Last Thursday, Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) unveiled its third… Continue Reading
For the third time in three years, a Department of Environmental Protection proposal to rewrite mining regulations finds little support. By Kevin Miller, Staff Writer Portland Press Herald news story AUGUSTA — A LePage administration push to rewrite Maine’s mining regulations ran into a wall of opposition Thursday from conservation groups, former state environmental employees… Continue Reading
By Mike Clifford, news writer Maine Public News Service news story Augusta, ME – The Bureau of Environmental Protection (BEP) will be back at it today (Thursday), considering mining rules that environmental advocates warn would pose grave risks to clean water in the state, and to the pocketbooks of Maine taxpayers. Comments from Jen Gray,… Continue Reading
Senator Saviello, Representative Walsh, and distinguished members of the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources. I am Pete Didisheim, the Advocacy Director for the Natural Resources Council of Maine, and I appreciate this opportunity to testify on behalf of our members and supporters in opposition to the nomination of Kathleen Chase to the Board of… Continue Reading