by Vivian Leigh
WCSH-6 TV news story
AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — Protecting the enviroment while still growing Maine’s economy was the focus of a roundtable discussion in Augusta Thursday.
Governor Paul LePage heard from more than two dozen people who want regulations protecting the state’s natural resources to stay intact.
Wilderness guides to business owners spoke out on the importance of protecting the state’s natural resources.The state’s top elected official wants to cut regulations that discourage economic development, environmental rules are expected to be a key target.
The governor is currently traveling throughout Maine — getting input about how state government can run more efficiently. but many here don’t want regulations protecting maine’s natural resources relaxed or rewritten. Glen Libby runs a fisherman’s coop in the mid coast.
I feel we’re at a place for the first time we are controlling the mortality of our fish population. I don’t want to see that take a step back because I have seen the depletion too long in our area, said Libby of Port Clyde Fresh Catch.
“If a business breaks a regulation I think the penaly should be sevre. but if they are good stewards and they work with the government, theyn we can move forward as a state, instead of us versus then, because that is our problem,’s LePage said.
LePages says he will take the comments into consideration when coming up with proposed changes to state regulations.
A final bill will have to be approved by the legislature.