50 Bad Bills And That’s Not the Half of It

Sean Mahoney | @SeanCLF

Photo courtesy of NRCM

At a press conference held yesterday, CLF and our colleagues at the Natural Resources Council of Maine (NRCM) shined a spotlight on 50 bad bills that are now working their way through the state Legislature. If passed, these bills could:

  • Open up the three million acres of the North Woods to development
  • Repeal the ban on BPA and flame retardant chemicals that are hazardous to our health
  • Allow big polluters to not be held accountable for cleaning up their own mess

A list of those bills is here, as are some media clips from Maine Public Broadcasting Network, the Portland Press Herald and the Lewiston Sun Journal related to yesterday’s conference.

The assault on Maine’s environmental protections continues, and we will continue to fight back—but we need your help. If you haven’t already, please add your voice to the effort by contacting your local legislator, submitting a letter to the editor to your local paper, or by becoming a member of CLF.

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8 Responses to “50 Bad Bills And That’s Not the Half of It”

  1. We have got ask if NOAA officials are also considered “colleagues”.How about the assault on the New England ocean floor ?

    Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) is non profit environmental advocacy organization based in New England Since 1966.

    The CLF appears to have taken sides in the battle between ocean wind turbines and the fishing fleet in New Bedford. The CLF is working to promote renewable energy in the form of ocean wind turbines in the ocean off New England. In order to install these turbines hundreds of miles of three phase electric wires have to be trenched under the ocean floor and in addition the electric wires heat the ocean floor with unknown consequences. When the wind turbines are complete the federal government plans a no fishing zone in the three thousand square mile area as the electric cables will become a national interest issue.

    The new ocean wind turbine port is scheduled to be built in New Bedford Harbor next to where environmental groups have known since 1996 that the Cannon Street Power plant sits in the most polluted marine environment in the country yet nothing has ever been done about the toxic abandoned power plant. In between the toxic power plant and the new ocean wind turbine port 2000 feet away the City of New Bedford is planning to spend 7.9 million dollars on Palmer’s Island to turn it into a bird sanctuary. There is something terribly wrong with this picture with a failure to protect marine habitat and defend public health in the building of the ocean wind turbine port next the toxic power plant.

    The way to build healthy fishing communities is to keep the fishing fleet tied up at the docks so the dock space can be used for the wind turbines

  2. We have got ask if NOAA officials are also considered “colleagues”.How about the assault on the New England ocean floor ?

    Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) is non profit environmental advocacy organization based in New England Since 1966.

    The CLF appears to have taken sides in the battle between ocean wind turbines and the fishing fleet in New Bedford. The CLF is working to promote renewable energy in the form of ocean wind turbines in the ocean off New England. In order to install these turbines hundreds of miles of three phase electric wires have to be trenched under the ocean floor and in addition the electric wires heat the ocean floor with unknown consequences. When the wind turbines are complete the federal government plans a no fishing zone in the three thousand square mile area as the electric cables will become a national interest issue.

    The new ocean wind turbine port is scheduled to be built in New Bedford Harbor next to where environmental groups have known since 1996 that the Cannon Street Power plant sits in the most polluted marine environment in the country yet nothing has ever been done about the toxic abandoned power plant. In between the toxic power plant and the new ocean wind turbine port 2000 feet away the City of New Bedford is planning to spend 7.9 million dollars on Palmer’s Island to turn it into a bird sanctuary. There is something terribly wrong with this picture with a failure to protect marine habitat and defend public health in the building of the ocean wind turbine port next the toxic power plant.

    The way to build healthy fishing communities is to keep the fishing fleet tied up at the docks so the dock space can be used for the wind turbines

  3. We have got ask if NOAA officials are also considered “colleagues”.How about the assault on the New England ocean floor ?

    Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) is non profit environmental advocacy organization based in New England Since 1966.

    The CLF appears to have taken sides in the battle between ocean wind turbines and the fishing fleet in New Bedford. The CLF is working to promote renewable energy in the form of ocean wind turbines in the ocean off New England. In order to install these turbines hundreds of miles of three phase electric wires have to be trenched under the ocean floor and in addition the electric wires heat the ocean floor with unknown consequences. When the wind turbines are complete the federal government plans a no fishing zone in the three thousand square mile area as the electric cables will become a national interest issue.

    The new ocean wind turbine port is scheduled to be built in New Bedford Harbor next to where environmental groups have known since 1996 that the Cannon Street Power plant sits in the most polluted marine environment in the country yet nothing has ever been done about the toxic abandoned power plant. In between the toxic power plant and the new ocean wind turbine port 2000 feet away the City of New Bedford is planning to spend 7.9 million dollars on Palmer’s Island to turn it into a bird sanctuary. There is something terribly wrong with this picture with a failure to protect marine habitat and defend public health in the building of the ocean wind turbine port next the toxic power plant.

    The way to build healthy fishing communities is to keep the fishing fleet tied up at the docks so the dock space can be used for the wind turbines

  4. We have got ask if NOAA officials are also considered “colleagues”.How about the assault on the New England ocean floor ?

    Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) is non profit environmental advocacy organization based in New England Since 1966.

    The CLF appears to have taken sides in the battle between ocean wind turbines and the fishing fleet in New Bedford. The CLF is working to promote renewable energy in the form of ocean wind turbines in the ocean off New England. In order to install these turbines hundreds of miles of three phase electric wires have to be trenched under the ocean floor and in addition the electric wires heat the ocean floor with unknown consequences. When the wind turbines are complete the federal government plans a no fishing zone in the three thousand square mile area as the electric cables will become a national interest issue.

    The new ocean wind turbine port is scheduled to be built in New Bedford Harbor next to where environmental groups have known since 1996 that the Cannon Street Power plant sits in the most polluted marine environment in the country yet nothing has ever been done about the toxic abandoned power plant. In between the toxic power plant and the new ocean wind turbine port 2000 feet away the City of New Bedford is planning to spend 7.9 million dollars on Palmer’s Island to turn it into a bird sanctuary. There is something terribly wrong with this picture with a failure to protect marine habitat and defend public health in the building of the ocean wind turbine port next the toxic power plant.

    The way to build healthy fishing communities is to keep the fishing fleet tied up at the docks so the dock space can be used for the wind turbines

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