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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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Indigenous People in “Maine” are under attack by the State

The indigenous peoples who have lived in what is now called “Maine” for over 10,000 years, are under attack by the State of Maine. The fishing rights of the Passamaquoddy and the Penobscots, and agreements recognizing the tribes as sovereign nations, are being attacked or denied by lawmakers in the Maine State Legislature, Maine Attorney General Janet Mills, and the Maine Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Patricia Aho. This is what genocide looks like today.

Perhaps not coincidentally, the land […]

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LTEs help push the gubernatorial race in our favor

B. Clark: The best choice for governor

Lewiston Sun Journal, Letters | Sunday, May 18, 2014

In a world of competing interests, Rep. Mike Michaud’s environmental policies capitalize on the relationship between nature and economic and societal benefits.

His support of renewable energy and efficiency promotes the well-being of more than Maine’s natural beauty; and his opposition to the proposed East-West highway and KXL Pipeline demonstrates his commitment to providing energy and transportation without resorting to environmental degradation.

The […]

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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.

The […]

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Somerset County Residents Speak Out Against East-West Highway at Commissioners Meeting

A group of eight people addressed the Somerset Country Commissioners on Wednesday opposing the proposed east-west highway. Three commissioners heard the testimony, which ranged from environmental concerns, small business impacts, transportation alternatives and the definition of wealth.

 

Read more: http://bangordailynews.com/2013/07/17/news/mid-maine/somerset-county-residents-speak-out-against-east-west-highway-at-commissioners-meeting/

Garland to vote on east -west highway moratorium Wednesday

Piscataquis Observer – Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Residents of Garland will meet at the town’s Grange Hall at 6 PM Wednesday, Jul 10, for a three-article special town meeting, including two warrants related to the east west highway proposed by Cianbro corporation. One is an article asking for a moratorium on all private transporation, utility and energy projects. In addition, there will be a straw vote on whether Garland residents approve or disapprove of the east- west highway itself.

 

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Sangerville residents place moratorium on east-west corridor development

By Alex Barber, BDN Staff | April 02, 2013

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SANGERVILLE, Maine — Sangerville residents voted to place a moratorium on development related to a proposed east-west highway during Saturday’s town meeting.

Residents voted nearly unanimously to place a six-month moratorium on any development related to the east-west corridor, Sangerville Town Manager Dave Pearson said on Tuesday.

Sangerville isn’t alone in taking steps to slow development of the corridor. The Piscataquis County town of […]

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Unanswered questions fuel contentious meeting over east-west highway

By Nick McCrea, BDN Staff | April 02, 2013

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BANGOR, Maine — Uncertainty surrounding the route of a proposed 220-mile highway across Maine sparked vehement questioning and opposition during a Tuesday morning meeting at the historic Penobscot County Courthouse.

Cianbro Corp. CEO Peter Vigue, the leading proponent of the east-west highway, spent much of the meeting with commissioners trying to dispel what he called rumors and misconceptions about the proposed private […]

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Cianbro CEO Peter Vigue, project manager to update Penobscot County commissioners on east-west highway plan

By Nick McCrea, BDN Staff | April 01, 2013

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BANGOR, Maine — Penobscot County commissioners will hear the leading proponent’s side of the contentious debate over the proposed 220-mile east-west highway on Tuesday morning.

Cianbro Corp. chairman and CEO Peter Vigue and Darryl Brown, manager of the $2.1 billion project, are scheduled to update commissioners around 10 a.m. in the third floor courtroom of the historic Penobscot County Courthouse at 97 Hammond St. […]

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East-west highway foes pursue access to information

Much of a hearing on confidentiality also serves as a forum for criticisms of the proposed $2 billion project.

By Michael Shepherd mshepherd@mainetoday.com | March 23, 2013 Portland Press Herald |State House Bureau

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AUGUSTA — Opponents of a proposed east-west highway across Maine packed a legislative hearing Friday to lobby lawmakers for more access to information about the controversial project.

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