On May 12 after a nearly 4 year battle, Fryeburg, Maine lost its appeal in the Maine Supreme Court to Nestle Waters North America, confirming the Maine Public Utility Commission’s initial approval of a 45 year contract for the bottled water giant to mine water from the small White Mountain community, despite overwhelming opposition among area residents.
For more information on this battle and the court case, follow#WaterJustice #WaterIsLife #Nestle #Water, like Continue reading Nestle: A Defeat and a Victory
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By SUSAN SHARON | Maine Public Radio | FEB 22, 2016
Susan Sharon reports on wind development in Maine’s Unorganized Territory.
Townships and plantations in Maine have until June to opt out of being an “expedited permitting area” for wind development. Already there are nearly two dozen petitions that have been received by the Land Use Planning Commission.
Another 18 petitions are in circulation. But the agency is also […]
Continue reading Commission Handling Dozens of Petitions to Opt Out of Expedited Wind Development
Update: COURT RESCHEDULED FOR MARCH 1
MAINE’S GROUNDWATER: Day of Reckoning on March 1, 2016. Come bear witness – this is it!
The Maine Supreme Court will be hearing final oral arguments at the Cumberland County Courthouse (205 Newbury St Portland, ME 04101) regarding the 45 year contract between Nestlé and the Fryeburg Water Company on Tuesday March 1 at 1:30pm. Be sure to arrive early as you will have to pass through security to enter the courtroom.Over 3 years […]
Continue reading COURT RESCHEDULED! Maine’s Groundwater: Day of Reckoning NOW March 1, 2016
Defending Water for Life in Maine and Stop the East-West Corridor are fully committed to supporting the Penobscot Nation in their fight to maintain their River. Below is an urgent update and call to action from Penobscot historian, activist, and founder of Dawnland Environment Defense, Maria Girouard:
From: Maria Girouard <sacredhomelands(at)gmail(dot)com>
Date: Mon, Sep 7, 2015 at 8:15 AM
Dear Friends and Allies of the Penobscot River, Last week, Maine Governor Lepage escalated the river dispute between […]
Continue reading Escalation in Penbscot River Battle: ACT NOW
The bill that is expected to prevent future development of Cianbro’s East-West Highway and Industrial Corridor idea passed into law unsigned by the Governor on June 26. The bill revises the controversial public-private partnership law for transportation projects to clarify that P3’s must comply with Maine’s Sensible Transportation Policy, which has guided Maine Transportation Policy and the Department of Transportation since 1991. The bill, LD 1168 was sponsored by Senator Paul Davis, R-Piscataquis, and broadly supported by opponents to the […]
Continue reading Stop the East-West Corridor gets a boost from Revised Transportation Law
By Maria Girouard – Penobscot historian.
Panawapskewi (“Penobscot people”) are the indigenous people of this territory, and have nurtured a relationship with and maintained a presence on the Penobscot River for thousands of years. We are an ancient riverine people who have survived enormous losses as a result of colonization – displacement of our ancestors, destruction of our fisheries, degradation of the Water, deforestation of traditional hunting grounds, and disruption in our traditional form of governance.
A Colonial […]
Continue reading The Historical Continuum: WE ARE ALL PARTICIPANTS IN AN AGE-OLD CLASH OF CULTURES
Photo by A.J. Higgins MPBN
On Tuesday, May 26, Penobscot and Passamaquoddy leaders pulled their representatives from the Maine Legislature as part of a decision to work together, and follow their own leadership within their territories from here on out. It was an historic moment of bravery and leadership by the Tribes.
Here are two articles: MPBN, Tribes Pull Reps from Maine Legislature as Sovereignty Issues Come to Boil
The Guardian, Two Native […]
Continue reading Tribes pull Reps. from Maine Legislature and go their own way
On May 23, 2015, people converged on the Penobscot River in Bangor to show their support of the Penobscot Nation’s rights over its ancestral territory- the waters of the Penobscot River. The State of Maine issued a letter to the tribe in 2012, redefining the Penobscot’s territory to NOT include the River itself, a direct departure from historical treaties and previous interpretation of treaties and the Land Claims Settlement Act of 1980 by the State of Maine.
Continue reading Flotilla on Penobscot River to Support Tribal Territory and Rights