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Peter Vigue takes east-west highway gospel to forest resources group

By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff | Sept. 13, 2012, at 11:44 p.m

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BANGOR, Maine — Given its location, if Maine is to prosper in the evolving global economy, it must take advantage of every potential opportunity that it can.

And when it comes to competing, the state needs to address some major shortcomings in terms of getting goods and products to major markets in the Midwest and such major Canadian cities [...]

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15 Reasons the East-West Highway Will Never Be Built (Plus a Political Bonus!)

Analysis: Nails in the coffin

by Lance Tapley | Thursday September 6th, 2012

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This past spring, out of the blue, Republican Governor Paul LePage and the GOP-controlled Maine Legislature funded a $300,000 study by the Maine Department of Transportation (MDOT) of the feasibility of a corporate-owned, toll superhighway across the middle of the state. It would go 220 miles from New Brunswick to Quebec, from Calais to Coburn Gore.

An East-West Highway had been [...]

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Defending Water for Life in Maine at the Common Ground Country Fair

Making Quilt Squares at the Common Ground Fair

Defending Water for Life in Maine tabled for three days at the Common Ground Fair in Unity, ME. Organizers Denise and Chris spoke with hundreds of people about protecting water in Maine. We provided a couple interactive activities for fairgoers, including a poster sized “Anti-Bottled Water” pledge for folks to sign, as well as this art project to create quilt squares for our water quilt (pictured). Squares [...]

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Letter to UN on 1st anniversary of UN Right to Water Mandate

Defending Water for Life Coordinator Ruth Caplan helped draft this letter to the United Nations. Currently, we and other organizations are gathering signatures. As soon as the signing is complete, we will post the final Letter here on the website…

Letter body:

Esteemed President of the General Assembly, UN functionaries, and State Representatives,

We are writing to express our great appreciation for the gains the United Nations has made in furthering the human right to water, and to highlight some [...]

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Thank you White Wolf Inn!

I am writing this letter to send deep regards and thanks to Sandi and her staff at the White Wolf Inn in Stratton.

Sandi generously hosted the Mother Earth Water Walkers when they came through Stratton on May 11. We all enjoyed excellently cooked and filling meals at the restaurant, and slept soundly in the Inn’s quaint and comfortable rooms…

…For those who did not hear about this event, the Mother Earth Water Walk is a ceremony envisioned and actualized [...]

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Mother Earth Water Walk Photos!

The Mother Earth Water Walk, Eastern Direction: This Native American Ceremony started in Machiasport on Saturday, May 7 to raise awareness of the life force of water, and our need to respect water in our culture.

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Statement on World Water Day

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As the world reels from the earthquake/tsunami/nuclear catastrophe in Japan, a disaster which was never supposed to happen, we have an opportunity today on World Water Day to look into the future and pledge to take action to prevent another impending disaster. We must not allow corporations to gain control of water on which all life depends. Action must be taken at all levels, [...]

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Presentation to Catarina de Albuquerque, Independent Expert on Human Rights Obligations Related to Access to Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation

Presentation to Catarina de Albuquerque, Independent Expert on Human Rights Obligations Related to Access to Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation

By Ruth Caplan, National Coordinator,

Defending Water for Life Campaign

Alliance for Democracy

Washington DC, February 23, 2011

Before presenting specific examples in E below of how communities in the United States, with which we work, have acted to protect their right to water, I would like to set out what we believe are the underlying principles relating to [...]

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MAINE WATER NETWORK ANNOUNCES RESULTS OF WATER ISSUES SURVEY OF STATE POLITICAL CANDIDATES

Maine Water Network

Save Our Water * Food & Water Watch Fund

POWWR * Defending Water for Life

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

October 21, 2010 Contact: Nisha Swinton, 202-683- 4923

MAINE WATER NETWORK ANNOUNCES RESULTS OF WATER ISSUES SURVEY OF STATE POLITICAL CANDIDATES

Portland–The results of the Maine Water Network’s Groundwater Survey, sent to the state’s gubernatorial candidates and candidates for state legislative offices, are in. The Maine Water Network is a coalition of four organizations: Food & Water Watch Fund, [...]

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Protect Our Water

At a recent meeting in Ellsworth’s City Hall sponsored by the Lamoine Conservation Commission, a 2009 film called “Tapped,” about huge problems with bottled water, was shown. Concerned with the stubbornness of corporations in our daily lives, I was worried that a big company could drain “my aquifer” and leave me wicked thirsty. I learned enough to make me wicked worried!

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