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Conflict over water rights in Ecuador

If you are going to pass unpopular legislation, you may as well do it while everyone is watching the World Cup. When Ecuadorians were focused on soccer, the government fast-tracked a new water law, endorsing the privatisation of water and permitting extractive activities in sources of freshwater. The controversial law was approved without a fuss in four days by a governing party that controls about two-thirds of legislative seats.

Social sectors reacted with a cross-country walk […]

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Tethys’ Pullout of Bottling Plant Draws Mixed Response

Anacortes American Wednesday, September 18, 2013 Tethys’ pullout draws mixed response BY KIMBERLY JACOBSON

Reactions are mixed to the announcement last week that Tethys Enterprises backed out of its plans for a bottling facility on the island.

Some residents were pleased the proposed 1-million-square-foot plant is off the table while others are lamenting the potential jobs lost. But all are looking to the future and how Anacortes could plan to best utilize the property — and how to attract a […]

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East-West Corridor: Pig in a Poke

Op-Ed by Jane Crosen | February 15, 2013

On January 18, in Eastport and Calais, Cianbro’s program manager Darryl Brown presented the company’s current plans for routing an East-West Corridor through eastern Maine. As with previous promotions, this one was long on vague promises about economic development and avoidance of sensitive areas, but short on maps showing the actual route. Brown’s presentation did, however, reveal enough details for people well acquainted with the downeast landscape to make an educated guess […]

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Pros and cons of east-west highway debated

The Quoddy Tides | January 25, 2013 | Edward French

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Although limited by time constraints in asking questions about the east-west highway project, the nearly 40 people who attended the forum in Eastport pressed the project developer on issues ranging from how the project would benefit Maine, why rail isn’t being considered instead and how much the truck traffic to the Port of Eastport might increase. The informational meetings, held January 18 in Eastport […]

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Dividing the State: Proposed East-West Corridor Affects Washington County

Link to Original Articleby Hillary Savage | Machias Valley News Observer | January 19, 2013 A highway bisecting Maine, running from Canada in the East, to Canada in the West has brought much concern from the people of Maine. Ranging from environmental concerns, economic and business, to quality of life and property rights, the proposed East-West Highway by Peter Vigue and Cianbro has already divided the state.An informational hearing, coordinated by Sunrise County Economic Council (SCEC) was […]

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STEWC has strong presence at Rally of Unity on January 8th!

On January 8th, members of STEWC joined members of over 20 other progressive activist groups in a Rally of Unity at the State House. It was an inspiring and successful day with over 150 participants, including drumming and dancing led by members of the Wabanaki Confederacy who are also raising awareness on #IdleNoMore. Thanks to everyone for coming to speak to legislators and share hope for a healthy and prosperous future in Maine, the way life should be!

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Spectra Energy Watch Video on Eminent Domain

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Activists challenge proposal to bottle water in the Gorge

Environmentalists and one of Oregon’s public sector unions are challenging the recent approval of new water permits in Cascade Locks, but controversy surrounds a proposal to bottle water in the Columbia Gorge.

The appeal comes from the “Keep Nestle Out of the Gorge” coalition. It includes environmental groups Food and Water Watch and Bark!, as well as the state and local employee union, Oregon AFSCME.

The permits they are challenging are a prerequisite to a potential water exchange between the […]

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Takings Bill Testimony from DW4L, LD 1810, 2-21-12

Written Testimony to the Judiciary Committee in Opposition to LD1810

February 21, 2012 ~ State House Room 438

Good afternoon Senator Hasting, Representative Nass, and other honorable members of the Judiciary Committee:

Unfortunately I am unable to make it to testify in person. My name is Chris Buchanan and I’m an organizer with Defending Water for Life in Maine. We are submitting written testimony in opposition to LD1810 because it will undermine individual rights by giving corporations […]

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Bellingham, WA Rights-Based Ordinance Proposed to Stop Coal Trains

by: Coal Free Bellingham Posted on: January 27, 2012

Editor’s Note: Bellingham has taken the first step in following the example of towns and municipalities like Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, who have recently explicitly asserted their rights as autonomous communities. Pittsburgh has outlawed all Hydraulic Fracturingpractices within its city limits. With support by the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, No Coal!, a Bellingham citizen-led political […]

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