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Action Alert - Saturday, November 17, 2018 

Thanks for visiting Maine Environmental News, a service of RESTORE: The North Woods. MEN is the most comprehensive online source available for links to conservation and natural resource news and events in Maine (and a bit beyond). We have posted summaries and links to over 50,000 news articles and announcements. We also post breaking stories and exclusives. Be sure to check not only today's news, but take a look at the headlines from the past several days as well. Articles often come to our attention a few days after they are published. Follow us on Twitter @MaineEnviroNews. ~ Jym St. Pierre, Editor
Friends of Baxter State Park auction, thru Dec 5
Announcement - Friday, November 16, 2018 

Own a piece of Baxter State Park history: retired Park signs and other special items. Proceeds are split between Baxter State Park and Friends of Baxter State Park. Runs November 8 - December 5.
Northern Forest Canoe Trail auction, thru Dec 2
Announcement - Thursday, November 15, 2018 

Win paddles, tents, maps and more in the Northern Forest Canoe Trail online auction, thru December 2.
Petition: Restore the head of children's health protection
Action Alert - Thursday, November 15, 2018 

Dr. Ruth Etzel is the EPA's top expert on children's health. A pediatrician and epidemiologist, her job is to protect children from toxic chemicals, pesticides and lead in our environment. But a month ago with no explanation, Trump's acting EPA chief Andrew Wheeler abruptly put her on leave. Tell Wheeler: Restore Dr. Ruth Etzel to the Office of Children's Health Protection. ~ CREDO Action
Petition: Convert BIW to deal with climate change
Action Alert - Thursday, November 15, 2018 

Climate crisis would be addressed by conversion of Bath Iron Work's considerable industrial capacity to building public transportation and/or renewable energy infrastructure.
Petition: No coal exports from military bases
Action Alert - Thursday, November 15, 2018 

Interior Secretary Zinke is the subject of more than one dozen federal investigations. Despite this, he is continuing to make reckless decisions that threaten the country. Speak out against Zinke's plans to use military bases as export terminals for coal and natural gas.
Saving Thoreau’s Birthplace, Nov 18
Event - Posted - Sunday, November 11, 2018 

Lucille Stott, Brunswick, Maine, resident, former president of Thoreau Farm Trust, and former editor of The Concord Journal, presents her new book, “Saving Thoreau’s Birthplace: How Citizens Rallied to Bring Henry Out of the Woods.” At Thoreau Farm, Concord, MA, November 18, 2 pm.
Hike: Hatchet Mountain Preserve, Nov 17
Event - Posted - Saturday, November 10, 2018 

Scott Dickerson and Janet Readfield will lead a hike while sharing the history of the mountain with majestic views. At Hatchet Mountain Preserve, Hope, November 17, 9-11 am. Sponsored by Coastal Mountains Land Trust.
National Take a Hike Day, Nov 17
Event - Posted - Saturday, November 10, 2018 

National Take a Hike Day is observed annually on November 17. With over 60,000 miles of trails in the National Trail System across the 50 states, there is no lack of opportunity to take a hike.
Dawnland, Nov 16
Event - Posted - Friday, November 9, 2018 

Screening and panel discussion of the documentary Dawnland about how Maine government systematically forced Native American children from their homes and placed them with white families. At USM, Portland, November 16, 5:30 pm, free but get tickets in advance.
Raptors Program, Nov 15
Event - Posted - Thursday, November 8, 2018 

Birder and photographer Don Reimer will give a visual presentation on Maine raptors. At Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, Rockland, November 15, 6:30 pm.
Rethinking Strip Redevelopment to Strengthen Your Community, Nov 15
Event - Posted - Thursday, November 8, 2018 

Learn how towns can improve the appearance and functionality of commercial corridors to bring in new residents, employees and activity. At Topsham Library, November 15, 4-7 pm. GrowSmart Maine members $10, public $20, students $5.
Atlantic Salmon Restoration, Nov 15
Event - Posted - Thursday, November 8, 2018 

Denise Buckley, US Fish and Wildlife Service senior staff biologist, will chronicle the response to the listing of Atlantic salmon in eight of Maine’s rivers as endangered under the Endangered Species Act in December 2000. At at Belfast Library, November 15, 6:30 pm.
The Land that Sustains Us: Stories from the Field, Nov 15
Event - Posted - Thursday, November 8, 2018 

A live storytelling night with 3 Maine farmers. At Maine Historical Society, November 15, 6-8:30 pm, $10 for Maine Historical Society and Maine Farmland Trust members, $15 general.
Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument management plan meeting, Nov 14
Event - Posted - Wednesday, November 7, 2018 

The National Park Service is developing a management plan for Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. Public meeting at Portland Marriott at Sable Oaks, South Portland, November 14, 6-8 pm.
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Lincoln County gets cash to study up to 12 waste sites
Times Record - Friday, May 31, 2013 

The Lincoln County Regional Planning Commission will receive two “brownfield assessment” grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The commission, representing municipalities in the county, will use the funds to implement a countywide brownfields assessment program for hazardous and petroleum substances. Brownfields are abandoned industrial sites.
Opinion: Most energy decisions best made locally
Times Record - Friday, May 31, 2013 

Even though technological advances are making electric vehicles and hybrids more realistic options and conventional autos and trucks are offering improved fuel efficiency, collective action by governments, businesses or citizen groups will be needed to move beyond our current reliance on personal vehicles. More extensive public transportation, bike and pedestrianfriendly public facilities, and broad anti-sprawl urban development policies will only come about as a result of widespread public demand. At times it’s important to “get political” — to lobby our elected representatives to take actions which will change the economic incentives affecting individual decisions related to energy. ~ Michael Wilson, Brunswick
As polar ice recedes, Maine could become a logistical hub for North America, says president of Iceland
Bangor Daily News - Friday, May 31, 2013 

Maine can take advantage of a “historic shift” happening in global commerce to become a major logistical hub for North America, the president of Iceland said on Friday at an event organized by the Maine International Trade Center. “We in Iceland and you in Maine and Portland are fortunate to be located in a strategic position that enables us to make use of these extraordinary opportunities,” said Olafur Grimsson, president of Iceland. The recession of the polar ice has opened up the northern sea route, which is also known as the Northeast Passage, over the past several years. In 2009, a German shipping vessel became the first commercial vessel to use the route. In 2011, 18 vessels used the route.
Lepage and Bell Call for Solution to Global Warming Crisis
Other - Friday, May 31, 2013 

In a major contribution to the debate on the energy transition, Former French Minister of the Environment Corinne Lepage joined American Professor Robert I. Bell at a press conference at the European Parliament this week, calling for a comprehensive solution to the global warming crisis and to energy-independence. Project Volt Gas Volt (VGV) offers a totally reliable, safe phase-out of nuclear power and fossil fuels with the possibility of enhancement rather than a reduction in lifestyle. For the first time, surplus electricity generated by wind farms and solar parks, converted into methane, can be stored for months in the existing natural gas grid, making it the battery for renewable energy, and simultaneously making fracking obsolete.
Unity College Students Launch Maine Black Bear Study
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Friday, May 31, 2013 

State biologists have been studying black bear poulations for years, but mostly in northern and eastern Maine. Less is known about the behaviors of the bears that have been returning in large numbers to central Maine. A team of Unity College students hopes to change that. They're studying black bears in the forests of Waldo County, under the guidance of a wildlife biology professor and an experienced trapper and Unity alum.
Maine DEP to Hold Second Public Meeting on Proposed 18-Turbine Hancock Wind Project
Maine Government News - Friday, May 31, 2013 

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection will host a public meeting on Thursday, June 6 to get feedback on its draft analysis regarding an 18-turbine wind farm proposed in Hancock County. This is the second public meeting on the project. First Wind is proposing to begin construction this year on the 54-megawatt wind power generation facility on Schoppe Ridge in T22 MD and an unnamed ridge in T16 MD. In addition to the 512-foot tall turbines, the project includes up to five 344-foot meteorological towers. The power generated would flow to an expanded substation at the company’s nearby 19-turbine Bull Hill Wind Project.
VolturnUS 1:8 windturbine launched
Bangor Daily News - Friday, May 31, 2013 

The VolturnUS 1:8 unit was launched into the Penobscot River at Cianbro's Brewer facility Friday. [video]
President of Iceland calls Portland key shipping link
Portland Press Herald - Friday, May 31, 2013 

While the melting of the Arctic icecap is an "unfortunate" reality because of climate change, Maine and Iceland stand to benefit economically when new shipping lanes emerge, Iceland's president said Friday at Maine International Trade Day. Maine will be part of that because the Icelandic shipping company Eimskip has made Portland its only U.S. port of call, said President Olafur Ragnar Grimmson, whose island nation is just south of the Arctic Circle.
Bad News For East-West Highway
Other - Friday, May 31, 2013 

Sierra Club - Following the roll out of the Businesses Against the East-West Highway Campaign and the 125 businesses that had signed up and the big media success of the public hearing, Cianbro’s corporate spokesperson for their highway withdrew from a planned debate with Sierra Club Chapter Director Glen Brand. Businesses Against the East-West Highway continues to gather momentum, with now more than 150 businesses opposing this boondoggle project.
Maine Utility Regulators Seek Audit of CMP Smart Meter Program
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Friday, May 31, 2013 

The staff of the Maine Public Utilities Commission is recommending an audit of Central Maine Power Company's so-called "Smart Meter" program, citing concerns about significantly higher than estimated costs. When CMP was seeking state approval for its controversial Advanced Metering Infrastructure project — also known as "Smart Meters" — back in 2010, the company told the PUC that it expected savings of $25 million over 20 years. But earlier this month, the company revised that estimate significantly, resulting in additional costs rather than savings. "It would appear, at this point, that that amount has been reduced by CMP to $99 million in net costs," says Maine PUC Executive Director Harry Lanphear.
ALT Partners with MCF for Endowment Management
Other - Friday, May 31, 2013 

The Androscoggin Land Trust (ALT) has transferred its endowment funds, now totaling more than $185,000, to the Maine Community Foundation. The fund was given a recent boost through a successful $50,000 matched fundraising campaign.
Prototype Offshore Wind Turbine Launched in Maine
Associated Press - Friday, May 31, 2013 

Maine Sen. Susan Collins has christened North America's first floating offshore wind turbine to generate electricity. Collins took part in a ceremony for the 65-foot-tall prototype (right) Friday. A large crane was lifting it to be towed from Brewer down the Penobscot River to Castine. It will be hooked up to the grid to start generating electricity within a couple of weeks.
Enviros ambivalent about energy bill
Maine Conservation Voters - Friday, May 31, 2013 

LD 1426, An Act To Improve Maine’s Economy and Lower Energy Costs Through Energy Efficiency, sponsored by Maine State Senator Jim Boyle, was one of four priority bills of the Environmental Priorities Coalition this session. Increased investment in energy efficiency would improve Maine’s economy, cut energy costs, create jobs and reduce pollution. However, the bill was added, with a number of other pieces of energy legislation, to a larger “omnibus” energy bill. While the omnibus bill includes big advances for energy efficiency, RGGI reform, and non-transmission alternatives to new electric transmission lines, it also contains provisions that some groups believe are unacceptable because they could increase the region’s dependence on natural gas from hydraulic fracturing well into the future. The bill will head to the floor of the Legislature for a vote in the coming weeks.
Should Maine be in the natural gas business?
Bangor Daily News - Friday, May 31, 2013 

Maine’s electric ratepayers could be called on to partially finance the construction of natural gas pipeline in southern New England under a bill that received broad support last week in the Legislature’s Energy Committee. The bill is a multipronged effort to lower electricity prices in Maine which combines elements from at least nine separate proposals. Other parts of the legislation would boost funding for energy efficiency, directly lower businesses’ electricity costs and make it more affordable for residents to abandon oil heat.
Marshes are focus of rising sea study
Mount Desert Islander - Friday, May 31, 2013 

A study done by researchers with Acadia National Park and the United States Geological Survey concludes that a significant sea level rise would threaten coastal saltwater marshes here. More than 800 acres of uplands in the area of the park will likely be flooded if sea levels rise by two feet this century, leaving saltwater marshes with very little area to migrate into, USGS scientists Martha Nielsen and Diane Noserale found.
Deepwater wind turbine launch opens way to huge US energy resource
Other - Friday, May 31, 2013 

The world’s first floating offshore deepwater wind turbine was launched today in Maine, marking a momentous first step for the US in tapping a vast renewable energy resource along the Atlantic seaboard that could power more than one third of US energy needs. “This is a great day for homegrown innovation and technology and for renewable energy in the US,” said Paul Gunter of Beyond Nuclear. “The potential for deepwater wind in the Gulf of Maine is so great that it alone could power all of New England — without the need for dirty, dangerous and expensive nuclear and coal plants.”
CMP Smart Meter Program Financials Change from $25 Million Net Savings to $80 Million Net Cost
Other - Friday, May 31, 2013 

The Maine Public Utilities Commission staff is calling for an audit of Central Maine Power’s smart meter program. The program was predicted to save CMP $25 million. That has now been revised to forecast a net cost in the final current estimate of $80-99 million. Meanwhile, the Maine Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability continues to investigate the PUC.
Boat owner issued summons after Androscoggin River rescue
Sun Journal - Friday, May 31, 2013 

The Maine Warden Service has summoned to court the owner of a boat that was pulled from the edge of an Androscoggin River dam Thursday night. Paul Duclos' boat, a Bayrunner, had four passengers aboard, including his wife, Arlene, who cannot swim. Yet, the boat had no life preservers and its registration had expired. By law, the operator of a boat must carry a life jacket for each person on board, and boats must be registered with the state.
Watershed study comes up dry
Mount Desert Islander - Friday, May 31, 2013 

The results of a $200,000 study to determine if the amount of nitrogen flowing into the Northeast Creek watershed has increased along with residential development is inconclusive, after heavy rains that dominated the weather during the research period caused anomalous results. Town councilor Gary Friedmann said that in light of the degraded conditions of many of the coastal estuaries in the northeast, it is important that the town, Acadia National Park and the USGS continue to work together to study the wetland.
Peter Vigue appointed to national freight transportation advisory committee
Bangor Daily News - Friday, May 31, 2013 

Peter Vigue, chairman and CEO of Pittsfield-based Cianbro, will join a newly created committee that will provide recommendations and advice to the U.S. Department of Transportation on issues impacting the national freight transportation system. Vigue’s appointment to the National Freight Advisory Committee was announced on Thursday by Sen. Susan Collins, who along with Sen. Angus King supported his nomination. The National Freight Advisory Committee is a group of 47 private and public-sector professionals who will serve two-year terms and meet at least three times per year. Vigue has been the driving force behind a proposal to build a controversial east-west highway in Maine that would stretch from Calais to Coburn Gore.
Acadia Park commission to meet
Mount Desert Islander - Friday, May 31, 2013 

Spring visitor use, budget, sequestration, construction projects and parking at Great Head are among the many topics on the agenda of the Acadia National Park Advisory Commission which is meeting on Monday, June 3.
We’re Being Watched
Earth Island Journal - Friday, May 31, 2013 

How corporations and law enforcement are spying on environmentalists.
Letter: The 'process' was not 'open'
Sun Journal - Friday, May 31, 2013 

I live in rural Maine and there are hills and mountain summits that the wind industry covets. They didn’t want residents to have the ability to speak out, so without giving them any notice or allowing them to voice these concerns, communities were swept into the expedited permitting area. In effect, that act removed residents' ability to help design the future of their hometowns. An "open" process? Not by a long shot. ~ Karen Bessey Pease, Lexington Township
The Heart of the Proposed Maine Woods National Park
Other - Friday, May 31, 2013 

The Maine Woods National Park Photo-Documentation Project provides inspiration, education, and motivation, through photographs and words, to encourage society to work together in the spirit of cooperation to create the Maine Woods National Park for the benefit of nature, wildlife, our planet and all mankind. [video]
Tracking the ALEC Law-Making Machine
Other - Thursday, May 30, 2013 

Moyers & Company - Last year, Moyers & Company aired the “United States of ALEC,” a report on the American Legislative Exchange Council, a corporate-backed political powerhouse that’s bringing profit-driven legislation to a statehouse near you. 2013 legislative sessions are in full swing in state capitols across America, and ALEC has once again managed to fit its sticky fingers into scores of legislative cookie jars. This year, renewable energy, state-funded education and your tax dollars are among the many items poised to be gobbled up. ALEC makes no bones about its opposition to state Renewable Energy Standards (RES), which require that states derive a certain percentage of energy from renewable sources.
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