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A legacy of protecting salmon.

Environment Maine has a decade-long record of efforts to protect the Atlantic salmon. Most recently, we successfully challenged an EPA regulation that would have allowed the spraying of pesticides into salmon-bearing streams and rivers.

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Advocates Protest Maine oil sands plan

PORTLAND, Maine, April 24 (UPI) -- Canadian regulators need to take a closer look at the potential environmental consequences of oil sands before backing more pipelines, an advocacy group said.

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News Release | Environment Maine

New Mining Law Rolls Back Drinking Water Protections

Portland, Maine—Environment Maine strongly criticized the mining bill, LD 1853, signed into law today by Gov. Paul LePage.  The bill weakens (1) groundwater standards for mining operations; (2) clean up requirements for mining operations; and (3) standards intended to hold mining companies, not taxpayers, accountable for cleanup costs. 

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Mainers, Others Submit 41,000 Comments Against Tar Sands Pipeline

Portland, Maine—The Canadian National Energy Board today closed public input on the proposed Line 9 Reversal Phase I tar sands pipeline project after receiving more than 41,000 citizen comments in opposition. A coalition of 11 groups, including Environment Maine, Natural Resources Council of Maine, Sierra Club Maine, ENE (Environment Northeast), and Conservation Law Foundation, submitted the comments, which focus on the environmental and public health dangers presented by the tar sands project and the need for a comprehensive environmental and public safety review. If fully completed, the tar sands pipeline reversal could threaten the Androscoggin River, Sebago Lake, and Casco Bay.

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Maine Voices: There's no such thing as clean mining

I was born and raised in Orrington, on the banks of the Penobscot River. However, for the last four years I have been living in El Salvador and working in coordination with people who have struggled with blood, sweat and tears to stop gold, silver and copper mining projects from destroying their communities and country as a whole. 

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Environment Maine Commends Lawmakers for Defeating Gov.’s Energy Bill

Environment Maine praised lawmakers today for defeating Gov. Paul LePage’s priority energy bill (LD 1863) late Friday night.  The bill died after the House rejected it by a 75-66 vote, the Senate approved a significantly weakened version by a vote of 19-16, and the two houses could not agree.  

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