by Roger Merchant Bangor Daily News op-ed I’ve listened to lots of talk to gather facts about the costs and benefits of the proposed east-west highway. Lots of new information came out this past weekend at the open forum in Dexter, which stood in stark contrast to the prior orchestrated event in Dover-Foxcroft, which dismissed Read More
Environmentalists Fighting a Proposed Highway that Would Bisect Maine
Critics Say Highway Could be a Trojan Horse for Moving Natural Gas or Tar Sands Oil by Nicky Ouellet Earth Island Journal news story If you build it, they will come. That seems to be the logic behind a new proposal to build a highway connecting eastern seaports in Maine with major highways in northwestern Read More
The East-West Highway
Gateway to opportunity or toll on the environment? by Edgar Allen Beem Downeast.com news story In March the Maine Legislature approved and in April Governor Paul LePage signed into law LD 1671, a measure appropriating three hundred thousand dollars for an investment grade feasibility study of whether it would be a good deal for a Read More
As Vigue Stumps for Highway Project, Foes Follow
Despite personal threats, Cianbro Corp.’s chairman says he has no plans to abandon his quest for an East-West Highway in Maine. by Tux Turkel, staff writer Portland Press Herald news story Peter Vigue is used to freely jetting around North America in search of economic opportunities. In recent months, though, he has felt it necessary Read More
East-West Highway: Savior or Albatross?
Environmental concerns aside, whether the $2 billion project is economically feasible or not could depend on how consultants look at it. by Colin Woodard, staff writer Portland Press Herald news story Mainers are often described as being risk averse, conditioned by thin soils, frigid winters, Colonial-era Indian wars, and a century and a half of Read More
Waste Watch: East/West Highway Study
WGME TV news story $300,000 — That is how much of your money is being spent on a study looking into an East/West highway through the state’s interior. The highway has been debated for decades. News 13’s Jon Chrisos is on waste watch asking questions about this big chunk of taxpayer money.
What’s Driving the East-West Highway?
Lance Tapley Portland Phoenix news story Eminent domain! The government’s ability to seize land for a public purpose strikes terror into the hearts of many landowners. This has been a bigger fear since 2005 when the United States Supreme Court, in its Kelo decision, allowed land to be seized by the government to benefit a Read More
Sprawling Development, Longer Commutes and Lack of Transportation Options are ‘Driving Global Warming’
Residents of So. Portland, Portland and Bangor Generated Least Global Warming Pollution Per Commuter Natural Resources Council of Maine * Environment Maine PORTLAND, ME- The fastest growing communities in Maine, largely on the outer fringes of Portland, are contributing disproportionately to the global warming pollution caused by commuting according to Driving Global Warming, a report Read More
Court Rejects (on Procedural Grounds) Carmakers’ Challenge to Maine’s Car Pollution Rule Process
Natural Resources Council of Maine * Conservation Law Foundation The Kennebec County Superior court has denied a request by the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers to stay Maine’s new clean car standards. The court also refused to send the matter back to the Maine Board of Environmental Protection (BEP) for reconsideration. “This is a good step Read More