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Resources: Reports, Legislation, Alternatives

Reports related to the East-West Supercorridor:

October, 2012. Portland Press Herald Maine lobbyist database  or Lobbyist Compensation Report from Maine.gov.  Cianbro spent almost $12K in 2012 and $19.5K in 2011.

May, 2012. At What Cost?: A Study of the American Highway System and the Maine East-West Highway Proposal by Brian Philbrook for his undergraduate thesis

April, 2012. Valuing Maine’s Natural Capital by Austin Troy, PhD.

April, 2012.  Email from Ontario Ministry of Transportation to MDOT re: Analysis of Daily Truck Trips using Maine Roads to Access Canadian Markets: http://defendingwater.net/maine/2012/05/analysis-of-daily-truck-trips-using-maine-roads-to-access-canadian-markets/

March, 2012.  MDOT’s Request for Proposals: http://defendingwater.net/maine/2012/05/mdot-request-for-proposals-east-west-toll-highway-traffice-and-revenue-study/

or: http://issuu.com/thebostonphoenix/docs/rfp-east-west-highway-study

Spring, 2012. Peter Vigue’s newest Powerpoint Presentation: http://www.eastwestme.com/Presentation.aspx

November, 2011. Peter Vigue’s Powerpoint Presentation: http://www.emdc.org/document_upload/CIANBRO%20Presentation.pdf

Spring, 2009.  Private Roads, Public Costs.  The Facts about Toll Road Privatization and How to Protect the Public.

2009-2011.  New Brunswick DOT Traffic Counters Map: http://defendingwater.net/maine/2012/05/new-brunswick-dot-traffic-counters-map-2009-2011/

August, 2009. Northeast CanAm Connections: Integrating the Economy and Transportation http://canamconnections.com/bm~doc/Final-Report.pdf

September, 2008.  Cianbro – East-West Highway Conceptual Feasibility Study Calais to Coburn Gore: http://issuu.com/thebostonphoenix/docs/2008—cianbro—east-west-highway-conceptual-feas/1

December, 2007.  Cianbro & Berger’s plan for tollroad. The Berger Group built secured utility corridors for the U.S. in Iraq and Afghanistan.  They help support the Maine transportation lobbying group MBTA that pushed for the 2010 ‘Public Private Partnership’ legislation.

June, 2007.  Report on the Impact of NAFTA, and the future of our biogregion under Free Trade: http://www.narconews.com/Issue46/article2691.html

2007. Modern Mining Needs a Modern Mining Law. 

2006.  Ontario Ministry of Transportation Commercial Vehicle Survey: http://defendingwater.net/maine/2012/05/ministry-of-transportation-ontario-2006-commercial-vehicle-survey/

2006. Ontario Ministry of Transportation, Maps on Truck Trips in Maine: http://defendingwater.net/maine/2012/05/ontario-ministry-of-transportation-2006-maps-on-truck-trips-in-maine/

September, 1999.  A Summary of the Findings of Studies Regarding a Maine East-West Highway, prepared by MDOT and Maine State Planning Office: http://defendingwater.net/maine/2012/05/a-summary-of-the-findings-of-studies-regarding-a-maine-east-west-highway-prepared-by-mdot-and-maine-state-planning-office/ 

August, 1999. East-West Highway Report by Pamela Prodan of Forest Ecology Network http://www.forestecologynetwork.org/tmwfall99_08.html

1999, and more. Very valuable! Link to 1999 East-West Studies, emails, all older reports being considered by MDOT and Feasibility Study contractor: http://static.issuu.com/widgets/shelf/index.html?folderId=f29c210f-1f70-4d15-bc53-f268b9927cd2

To download these reports, access through MDOT via FileZilla.  Instructions for downloading FileZilla and accessing these  reports are outlined in the MDOT’s Request for Proposals, above.  However, in case they’re removed, here are basic instructions: http://defendingwater.net/maine/2012/05/basic-instructions-for-accessing-mdot-reports-using-filezilla/   You may also email me and I can send you the files: chris(at)defendingwater(dot)net

January, 1997.  Audobon Society’s Conservation Program Plan, including maps of protected areas.

Threats to our Communities and our Water: SPP, Supercorridors, NAFTA www.thealliancefordemocracy.org/ppt/AfD-SPPNoWay.ppt

USDA report on Ecological Impacts of Transportation Corridors: http://www.fs.fed.us/pnw/pubs/pnw_gtr846.pdf

Multiple reports from North Carolina State University’s Center for Transportation and the Environment: http://www.itre.ncsu.edu/cte/Research/topic.asp?topic=3

Corridor Watch. Challenging the wisdom of the Trans-Texas Corridor (includes report on downside of PPPs): http://www.www.corridorwatch.org/ttc/index.htm

Lessons from the Trans-Texas Corridor.  Private tollroads cost taxpayers more money: http://www.inthepublicinterest.org/case/trans-texas-corridor

Spectra Energy Watch. Informational video on Eminent Domain and landowner experiences with Spectra.

Great background summary corporate assault on Maine’s environment: Wind, Water, Waste, Wood: The fight against the corporate colonization of Maine’s North Woods: http://maine.earth-first.net/2010/04/wind-water-waste-wood-the-fight-against-the-corporate-colonization-of-maines-north-woods/

Tar Sands information. Canada’s oil sands.  Responsible development, innovation, and opportunity.  Email Chris for this: chris(at)defendingwater(dot)net due to technical difficulties.

History of the Airline Road.

Legislation & Law related to the East-West Supercorridor:

LD 1639: An Act To Stimulate the Maine Economy and Promote the Development of Maine’s Priority Transportation Infrastructure Needs.  This is the bill that was enacted into the public-private partnership law. Here is a link to the whole process, including drafts of the bill and the law.

MDOT subchapter 5 private-public partnerships (the result of LD 1639) 

http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/bills_124th/chappdfs/PUBLIC648.pdf or


LD 1671: Resolve, To Require the Department of Transportation To Facilitate and Oversee a Study of the Feasibility of an East-west Highway http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?PID=0&snum=125&paper=&paperld=l&ld=1671

Maritimes Northeast Pipeline LLC v. ECHO Easement Corridor LLC May 07, 2010 regarding the 2000′ Right of Way on the Stud Mill Road: http://defendingwater.net/maine/2012/05/maritimes-northeast-pipeline-llc-v-echo-easement-corridor-llc-llc-llc/

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