Bangor Daily News, Dec. 13, 2013
Plans for a proposed east-west highway continue to move forward despite a flurry of towns adopting measures to keep it away from their land, according to a leading proponent of the project.
Darryl Brown, the Cianbro Corp. project manager for the east-west highway, said there is still no mapped route to divulge, as he is still working with landowners and dealing with environmental issues.
Read more: http://bangordailynews.com/2013/12/13/business/cianbro-remains-committed-to-east-west-highway-project-despite-opposition-company-official-says/
INDIAN TOWNSHIP, Maine — Tucked in the nation’s northeastern corner, the Passamaquoddy tribe’s ancestral land remains as it was centuries ago: Rugged and teeming with natural beauty and wildlife. Snow-covered in winter, springtime warmth reveals a rolling landscape, lakes and ponds — and dozens of bubbling springs.
But there is an ugly reality inside this idyllic community: Joblessness is rampant, making it hard for residents to feed their families. The tribe also needs more money to bolster public [...]
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Bangor Daily News, Nov. 12, 2013
Charleston residents overwhelmingly voted to renew a moratorium on development of a corridor for a proposed east-west highway last week, and soon the town will have the opportunity to vote on an ordinance to prohibit the corridor.
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Last week on November 2, Doug Thomas, the Republican Senator from Ripley, Maine, published a misleading and false Letter to the Editor in the Bangor Daily News that was warning local people from voting for these ordinances for reasons that are simply untrue. In response, many people who are very familiar with the Rights Based Ordinance and are trying to use them to elevate their rights above those of corporations and government to protect themselves from the East [...]
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and how it relates to the East-West Corridor a presentation by Penobscot historian, Maria Girouard
Penobscot River near Costigan, where EWC may cross ~ photo by Paul Schroeder
6pm – 8pm, Thursday, November 14th bring yourself, attentive young people, and potluck dish to Happy Acres Hall in Alton!
3704 Bennoch Road (Rt. 16), 12 miles north of downtown Orono via Bennoch Rd., or 4 miles from Exit 199 (Alton, Lagrange, Milo exit), or from [...]
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Portland Press Herald Oct. 15, 2013
The chairman of the Maine Public Utilities Commission has recused himself from a controversial case involving the owner of Poland Spring water and the family-controlled utility in Fryeburg that supplies it with water. Thomas Welch’s recusal effectively suspends the case of Nestle Waters North America, because the PUC now lacks the required quorum to make a ruling. The commission will be unable to make a decision until a commissioner retires or the Legislature approves [...]
Continue reading Maine PUC chairman Drops Out of Poland Spring Water Case
All three PUC commissioners and Maine’s public advocate have ties to Poland Spring’s parent company, which is seeking a 25-year contract.
By Colin Woodard email@example.com | September 3, 2013 | Portland Press Herald
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FRYEBURG – When the Maine Public Utilities Commission this week takes up a controversial 25-year contract between the company that owns the Poland Spring brand and the family-controlled utility that supplies its water, it will do so under troubling and unprecedented [...]
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The Maine Small Business Coalition, representing more than 3,400 small businesses in Maine, has posted this statement: As small business owners, we favor economic development that works for our shops as well as our customers, and the proposed corridor does neither. In reviewing research about and conversations in the state legislature regarding this proposal, it is apparent that the East-West highway would cause significant environmental distress while creating significant financial benefit solely for large corporate entities who will use the [...]
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Oil firm TransCanada has unveiled plans to build a pipeline from western Canada to the country’s Atlantic coast, as its plans for a US pipeline remain stalled.
Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-23542967
Many Mainers may not have heard of Enbridge, But they will. Enbridge is a gigantic energy company with it’s sights on Maine. Enbriidge wants to move oil to Casco Bay via the Portland-Montreal Pipe Line. The prospect of crude oil being piped to Portland has mobilized citizens in Maine and beyond to protest.
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