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Darryl Brown now with Cianbro as Program Manager for East-West Corridor

Official offers details on East-West Highway plan to chamber

Barry Matulaitis, Sun Media Wire | Wednesday, September 12, 2012

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JAY — “I can tell you in all honesty that I’ve never been as excited about a role as I am about this one,” said Darryl Brown, Program Manager for the East-West Highway project, at the Jay-Livermore-Livermore Falls Chamber of Commerce meeting last Friday.

Brown is working with Cianbro CEO Peter Vigue, who has spearheaded […]

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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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Privatizing a Basic Human Right: Water

Source: ReadtheDirt.org

By: Young Writers

By Samuel Bliss

[ReadtheDirt.org] Editor’s Note: One of our young and empowered voices—Samuel Bliss—gives us a run down on the issue of bottled water in the Northwest. Even if we don’t want to admit it, the Northwest is not immune from large corporations acquiring rights to its water. This piece complements our previous piece “Bottle the Skagit River?”.

Sam Bliss is a junior studying Environmental Economics and Spanish […]

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Skagit County Backs Away from Water Fight

Skagit Valley Herald, Mount Vernon, Wash.

By KATE MARTIN | Posted: Tuesday, April 24, 2012 6:00 am

MOUNT VERNON — Skagit County will no longer spend money to defend rural water users’ rights in court, a county commissioner said Monday.

The commissioners sent a letter to Department of Ecology officials last week that notes that the county has no actual authority in controlling water and no obligation or right to negotiate property interests for landowners. While the letter does not […]

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Skagit’s Water Rights Showdown

Skagit Valley Herald, Mount Vernon, Wash.

Kate Martin | Posted: Monday, April 23, 2012 11:34 am

As rain pummeled the ground in big, fat drops last week, state Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen remarked on what has become one of the most contentious issues in Skagit County.

“It’s hard when you look out the window (to think) that we have a crisis in water up here,” she said.

While the issue of how much water is available for development in […]

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East-West Highway Update 12-16-11

Update 12-16-11: A nonprofit transportation research group out of Washington D.C., TRIP, released a statement identifying “Maine’s 50 most needed transportation projects for economic growth.” #3 was the construction of a new east-west highway. TRIP is sponsored by “construction businesses, insurance companies, equipment makers, labor unions and other transportation-related organizations.” We believe TRIP’s role is to encourage private funding of the study, since funding from Maine taxpayers would be highly controversial, as we face severe cuts on social services. Chris […]

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East-West Highway Update 12-12-11

Update 12-12-11: This letter is the link between Vigue / Cianbro, Mobilize Eastern Maine / Eastern Maine Development Corporation / the Action Committee of 50, and LR2358…!

Brief summary: Cianbro doesn’t have the money for the feasibility study, and as part of this business group, wrote a letter to Legislators asking for an emergency bill (LR2358) to support funding. Senator Thomas had sponsored a bill to approve funding earlier that was voted down 2-8. This letter from EMDC was […]

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Nestle: Maine Tough State for Business

Nestle: Maine Tough State for Business Sun Journal “I’m in New York City all the time. You cannot walk 100 yards in Manhattan without falling over a bottle of Poland Spring on some cart on every single street.” –Kim Jeffery, President and CEO of Nestle Waters North America Defending Water comments……… “Falling over,” yes, for sure. Plastic bottles produce huge mounds of waste! “Manhattan,” the city with pure water from the Catskills delivered without plastic, without delivery trucks coming from […]

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Tell Nestlé to stop fooling with community water supplies

For years Nestlé has run roughshod over community and environmental concerns when taking and bottling water for brands like Poland Spring, Deer Park, Ice Mountain and Arrowhead.

Nestlé is now looking to increase the number of bottling facilities it owns and operates across the country, in places like McCloud, California and Salida, Colorado.

Tell the world’s largest bottler to stop wresting water resources from local control. Send a message to CEO Kim Jeffery today and […]

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Groundwater Extraction and Bottled Water: Lessons from Maine

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In this podcast, Emily Posner, water activist, community organizer, grassroots lobbyist and legal worker speaks about the experience of Maine communities struggling to maintain control over their water resources as multinational corporations seek to withdraw ever increasing amounts of water for the bottled water industry.

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