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Defending Water for Life testimony on mining rules, LD 146

Defending Water for Life in Maine

Testimony in opposition to LD 146: Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 200: Metallic Mineral Exploration, Advanced Exploration and Mining, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Environmental Protection

Dear Senator Saviello, Representative Welsh, and fellow members of the Joint Standing Committee on Environment and Natural Resources,

My name is Chris Buchanan and I’m a resident of Belgrade. Today I’m representing Defending Water for Life in Maine. We work to protect fresh water [...]

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Penobscot River Case and recent related programs from WERU

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Maine Voices: State should drop lawsuit that would grab river from Penobscot Nation

The Penobscots are an ancient river-based people. Taking away their waterway is cultural theft.

FRYEBURG — In 2012, then-Attorney General William Schneider, on behalf of the state of Maine, initiated a dubious claim against the Penobscot Nation, challenging their rights to the river water on their reservation. The Penobscot were left no choice but to defend their territory through legal channels.

Schneider’s successor, Janet Mills, is continuing the litigation process with the backing of powerful corporate [...]

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EPA Decision: Maine Water Quality Standards Inadequate for Tribal Waters

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By • FEB 5, 2015 | Maine Public Broadcasting Network

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AUGUSTA, Maine – In a decision that is being welcomed as “historic” by Maine Indian tribes, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has asked the state of Maine to revise some water quality standards for tribal waters.

The decision comes during ongoing litigation brought by the state against the EPA. Maine’s chief [...]

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Obama’s New Infrastructure Plan Would Worsen Our Water System Woes

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January 16, 2015

Statement of Food & Water Watch Executive Director Wenonah Hauter

Washington, D.C. — “Today the Obama administration announced a slew of proposals that will endanger our water systems by promoting and facilitating the management of critical drinking water resources by companies that often have a poor track record. Through the creation of a new Water Finance Center at the [...]

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Alliance for Common Good hosts 3rd Annual Rally of Unity

A tremendous showing for community and tribal sovereignty, and water protection

Augusta – Over a hundred Maine citizens and representatives from dozens of organizations joined forces at the State House’s Hall of Flags for the third annual Rally of Unity. The overarching theme for this year’s rally was protection of our water resources and respect for community and tribal sovereignty. Featured speakers included Shenna Bellows, former candidate for U.S. Senate and former Maine Senator Troy Jackson.

Other speakers shared the [...]

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Dead or dormant? Proponents, opponents weigh in on status of east-west highway proposal

BDN PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY ERIC ZELZ By Nick Sambides Jr., BDN Staff Follow on Twitter Find on Facebook Posted Dec. 30, 2014, at 5:37 a.m. Last modified Dec. 30, 2014, at 5:53 a.m. Related stories Maine east-west highway timeline Link to original article.

PITTSFIELD, [...]

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Steering Committee looking for new members

Hi everyone, The current STEWC steering committee is looking for new members. We are asking everyone who is interested in helping to lead STEWC to join us next Friday, December 5th at 10am to explore next steps for our coalition. Find directions at the end of this email, and be in touch if you are interested, but unavailable that day. (I’m sorry, we weren’t able to find a time after normal work hours before the holidays.) Current steering committee members [...]

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End Violence Together event draws crowd in Bangor

One week after hundreds of thousands took part in the People’s Climate Change demonstration in New York City, Mainers came together for a rally and march to connect the dots between climate destruction, poverty and war.

Defending Water for Life in Maine was one of 38 Maine cosponsors for the Peace and Justice Center of Eastern Maine’s “End Violence Together” event that was held on Saturday, September 27 on the Bangor waterfront as part of the national Campaign Nonviolence.

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Rail / Water ties with Nestle: update from Western ME

from Nickie Seckera of Community Water Justice

August 31, 2014

 

Hello everyone, Update from Western Maine -

It pleases me to hear that gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud has vocalized a lack of support for an East-West Corridor. YES. Michaud has however expressed interest in exploring / supporting rail options for the transport of natural resources. Here is Western Maine, things are becoming more serious now in discussions of resurrecting the Mountain Division rail line from Montreal to Portland through [...]

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