This a 17 minute recording of Evan Coleman, representative of gas & wind company Energy Management Incorporated, speaking with and being questioned by the Rockland City Council, December 7, 2015.
Coleman (in pink shirt at right) details industry opposition to Rockland city council's proposed moratorium on powerplants over 10 megawatts.The moratorium proposal was submitted by new Rockland city councilmember William Jillson (wearing cap)
Coleman said that not only will EMI abandon Rockland as site for anatural gas burning power plant, but legal action by unspecified members of the gas industry against the city may be forthcoming.
On September 20th I interviewed North Carolinian Steve Norris, a member of Beyond Extreme Energy, in front of the headquarters of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. BXE is calling for a moratorium on the granting of new fracking permitsby the commission.
On August 22nd Rockland's Poet Laureate Kendall Merriam came to WRFR's studio and both read from his works and discussed his life and the present day situation in Rockland, where plans to bring an industrial gas plant into the city have run into stiff opposition, despite a complacent city Government The interview is 23 minutes long and was conducted by Ron Huber.
On July 18th I spoke with Attorney Kim Ervin Tucker. She is representing the Maine Lobstering Union and several other organizations battling a proposal by the US Army Corps of Engineers to dredge nearly a million cubic yards of polluted sediments from shoal areas in the approaches to Searsport Harbor, then dumping them into waters between Belfast, Islesboro and Northport
Our 26 minute interview follows a July 17th meeting of the Maine Board of Environmental Protection (BEP) which heard requests by attorneys representing fishing and conservation interests calling on the BEP to assume jurisdiction over the dredge review process. The board declined for reasons that Attorney Tucker outlines as the results of a successful effort by the Lepage administration to defang the Board of Environmental Protection, including chairing it with the former legislator who stage managed a bill through the Maine Legislature that fatally weakened its ability to respond to citizen requests!
On July 18, 2015, Ron Huber of Friends of Penobscot Bay spoke with David Myslabodski about the state of democracy in Rockland, Maine.
David is a long time resident of Rockland, which is located on the west coast of Penobscot Bay and is the economic hub of the richest lobster fishery in all New England.
A regular participant in civic affairs, he has watched city councilors and mayors come and go.
In this 21 minute interview, David describes how he has observed what appear to be deliberate efforts by the latest crop of Rockland city officials and functionaries to weaken the power of private citizens in the city decisionmaking processes.
On January 5, 2015 The New England Fishery Management Council held a 49 minute webinar-style public hearing on its "Omnibus Habitat Amendment 2." These additions and changes to federal marine fish Habitat Areas of Particular Concern include a variety of offshore locations as well as the entire New England coast's shallows, from the low tide line to the 20 meter (65 foot) depth contour.