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Regional Planning for Washington County suddenly contradicts itself to prioritize EWC

By Chris Buchanan

Update as of June 8, 2014: Eastern Maine Development Corporation receives $187 million federal grant “to develop a strategic plan following the loss of rail service and paper-making jobs.” Link to article. What is happening here is for-profit corporations like Mobilize Maine, and non-profits corporations that have joined forces with them, are using federal money to privatize regional and statewide development planning.

The following article was originally published on May 6, 2014. Since then, we [...]

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Chris Buchanan interviewed for STEWC’s two-year anniversary

In Democratic primaries, Jackson staunchly opposed to East-West Corridor

Start viewing at 4 minutes in to see Jackson and Cain share their opinions about the EWC. Click here for video.

Att the Democratic Convention in Bangor, Jackson gave a speech about why he wants to go to Washington. The article and video of Jackson’s speech are available at this Portland Press Herald blog.

Maine Grandmothers Unite to Halt Plans for New Highway

Link to Original Article.

05/23/2014 Reported By: Susan Sharon Frustrated by what they say is the failure of legislative and political efforts to stop the proposed east-west highway, a small group of grandmothers is taking matters into its own hands. The grandmothers have started holding monthly vigils in front of Cianbro headquarters. Cianbro is the Pittsfield-based construction firm that wants to build a 220-mile-long closed access toll highway that would stretch from Calais to Coburn Gore. As Susan [...]

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Defending Water for Life / STEWC at Hope Festival, 2014

Link to orginal BDN article, “20th Annual Hope Festival held at Orono,” and slide show.

ORONO, Maine — The 20th annual Help Organize Peace Earthwide (HOPE) festival was held Saturday, April 26, at University of Maine in Orono.

The festival is held each year to celebrate Earth Day and all the good work being done my more than 60 organizations working to take care of the earth and each other, according to a press release.

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Join us for the East-West Corridor Art Show, August 13 – 19, Northeast Harbor

Terrifying Worldwide Water Privatization Strategy

Back in 2011, we were made aware of this article which links the World Bank with several transnational corporate entities, including Nestle, to private water worldwide, but especially targeting countries with a lower socioeconomic status. I was then informed by an expert source that it was not being spearheaded by the World Bank, but rather the World Economic Forum.

Then the other day, Nickie Seckera of Community Water Justice, who has been resisting Nestle’s expanding empire over the [...]

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The East-West Corridor, Why Not?

A video by Defending Water for Life in Maine on the proposed East West Corridor.

Click here to view on YouTube.

Why surging water consumption could end the shale gale

BY ALEXIA LANE , March 11, 2014

In an arid southern and central Texas, where once-fertile farmland used to dominate the landscape, a different kind of development has taken hold. Today one sees well pad after well pad after well pad, interspersed with the odd ranch. Following three consecutive years of drought, some agricultural operations have closed due to the lack of available freshwater. Despite this there has been a surge of unconventional natural gas drilling, with each well consuming [...]

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Maine’s Bottled Water Industry Taps into $11.8 Billion Dollar Trend.

Mainebiz – Monday, January 27, 2014

Sales of bottled water are on track to top those of carbonated soft drinks by 2020, driven by health-conscious, on-the-go consumers. That thirst for water has cascaded throughout the country over the past two decades. Maine alone has 18 bottled water plants. Perrier bought Poland Spring in 1980 when the Maine-based operation was almost bankrupt, and then Nestlé purchased Perrier in 1992. Nestlé sells Poland Spring, Perrier, S. Pellegrino, Pure Life and Arrowhead among [...]

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