Sean Mahoney

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A Model for the Future: Maine Looks at Alternate Ways to Boost Solar Power Adoption
by Sean Mahoney

The world’s focus today is on how we can de-carbonize our power supply in ways that are good for people, our planet, and our global economy. There’s no question that solar power will play a key role in our transition to a clean-energy-fueled power grid here in the U.S. – but how to best adapt that grid to absorb dramatic growth in the number of solar-powered homes and businesses remains an open question.

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LePage Stands on the Wrong Side of History with Monument Opposition
by Sean Mahoney

The Obama Administration is currently considering a proposal to permanently protect key areas of New England’s ocean as the first Marine National Monuments in the Atlantic, including three deep sea canyons and four sea mountains at the southern edge of Georges Bank. CLF is continuing to urge the administration to include the area between Cashes Ledge and…

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Protecting New England from the Devastation of Tar Sands Gas
by Sean Mahoney

In the battle to arrest and then decrease our collective carbon emissions, tar sands oil is the equivalent of a carbon bomb. The process of extracting oil from this primordial ooze makes the end product the most carbon intensive fuel in the world — not to mention the corresponding environmental devastation to extraction sites. For these reasons,…

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Making Progress in Maine from Dams to Disclosure
by Sean Mahoney

The Fourth Estate has been much maligned in these days of electronic and instant communication. But, in Maine, some old-fashioned, gum shoe reporting is still alive and well. CLF advocates regularly work with reporters to magnify the impacts of our advocacy, which has recently yielded positive results including a piece of legislation that will be…

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New Baxter Boulevard System Benefits Casco Bay
by Sean Mahoney

Good news for those whose livelihood and/or recreational pursuits involve Casco Bay. As noted in prior posts (6/17/11, 6/21/11, 5/8/12), for more than 4 decades Portland’s sanitary and stormwater sewer system was periodically overwhelmed by a storm event or snow melt, resulting in discharges of untreated wastewater that would close beaches and shellfish harvesting areas,…

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Day of Celebration on the St. Croix
by Sean Mahoney

It’s not often you get the chance to celebrate such a clear victory for the environment as the return of the alewife to the St. Croix River watershed.  As discussed in prior posts, a Maine law prohibiting alewives from accessing this fish ladder at the Grand Falls Dam was repealed this past May and for…

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Alewives Now Able to Swim Freely in The St. Croix: Maine’s Economy, Environment, and People to Benefit
by Sean Mahoney

After 18 years, Maine alewives can finally swim freely into their ancestral habitat. In an event that went largely unnoticed, on Monday, April 22nd, Governor LePage decided not to veto L.D. 72, legislation requires Maine to ensure that the fish ladders on the Woodland Dam and the Grand Falls Dam be reconfigured or operated in such a way that “allows the unconstrained passage of river herring.” The deadline for this action is May 1st.