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 Read More
By George Smith Bangor Daily News column Macauley Lord said it best at a State House press conference outlining key environmental issues for this legislative session. Speaking about his concern over mining in Maine, Macauley said, “I can tell you that Maine has some of the best places to fish in the world. We have Read More
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.
Record Shows Opponents Outnumber Proponents: 441-2 News release Augusta, Maine – Today the Maine Board of Environmental Protection (BEP) voted unanimously to provisionally adopt weak rules that would govern metal mining in Maine. Because metal mining poses such a serious threat to water quality, these rules were opposed 441-2 by Maine scientists, business people, conservation groups, Read More
Vague one-sentence drafts, totaling close to 100 each legislative session, can be deceptive and exclude the public from important policy discussions, say lawmakers and lobbyists. by Marina Villeneuve Associated Press news story AUGUSTA — With the annual return of legislators to the Maine State House comes the predictable one-sentence draft bills that give an idea Read More
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 Read More
NRCM news release Portland, Maine – Today, the Natural Resources Council of Maine released the results of a comprehensive public opinion survey on the attitudes of likely Maine voters on a broad range of environmental policy issues. With Mainers heading to the polls in two weeks, the survey documents broad, bipartisan support for protection of Maine’s Read More
Record Shows Opponents Outnumber Proponents: 436-2 NRCM news release Mainers are overwhelmingly lining up against draft rules that would weaken environmental protections from mining pollution in Maine. The Board of Environmental Protection (BEP) is holding a deliberative session to consider the draft rules today at the Augusta Civic Center. According to an analysis by the Natural Read More