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Town of Sangerville testimony supporting LD 506

Darlene Simoneau March 26, 2015 Transportation Committee Clerk 100 State House Station, Augusta, Maine 04333

Dear Senator Collins, Representative McLean and Members of the Transportation Committee, We are writing in support of LD 506, An Act to Improve Public-Private Transportation Partnerships. As Selectmen from the Town of Sangerville, we are deeply concerned that the Public-Private Partnership Law, as it exists today, allows private entities to initiate proposals for new transportation infrastructure projects within the State of Maine. In Sangerville we […]

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Maine to sue EPA over tribal water pollution decision

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The state contests the agency’s authority to order stricter pollution limits to ensure sustenance fishing is safe. By Colin Woodard Staff Writer | Portland Press Herald cwoodard@pressherald.com | @WoodardColin | 207-791-6317

Maine plans to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over a ruling intended to ensure that members of Maine’s Indian tribes can safely eat large quantities of fish for sustenance.

The move, disclosed in a letter this […]

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Orono panel endorses withdrawal from Penobscot Nation water rights lawsuit

Nok-Noi Ricker | BDN Orono resident and Penobscot Indian Nation member Maria Girouard speaks to the Orono Community Development Committee about withdrawing from a lawsuit the Penobscot have against the state over tribal waters. “I have a sense you don’t really understand the severity of the decision,” she told council members. “I’’ve spent the good part of a year or so [educating people] and nobody has any idea that the state government is in this fight with the […]

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren OpEd on Investor-State-Dispute-Settlement & the TPP

Sen. Elizabeth Warren: A trade deal’s corporate giveaway

February 27, 2015

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The United States is in the final stages of negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a massive free-trade agreement with Mexico, Canada, Japan, Singapore and seven other countries. Who will benefit from the TPP? American workers? Consumers? Small businesses? Taxpayers? Or the biggest multinational corporations in the world?

One strong hint is buried in the fine print of the […]

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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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LTE: Maine has no grounds to take river from Penobscots

February 23, 2015 | Portland Press Herald | Letter to the Editor

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Thank you for publishing Nickie Sekera’s column regarding the Penobscots’ fight to retain their authority over the Penobscot River (“Maine Voices: State should drop lawsuit that would grab river from Penobscot Nation,” Feb. 17).

Her column points out a number of problems with the state’s claims to have jurisdiction, and it […]

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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 […]

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Title 1: GENERAL PROVISIONS, Chapter 21: Eminent Domain, Subchapter 816: Limitations on eminent domain authority