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VICTORY: ATLANTIC COAST PROTECTED FROM OFFSHORE DRILLING

The Atlantic Coast won a major victory when the Obama administration abandoned its plans to open the southern Atlantic to offshore oil and gas drilling for the first time in decades. Leading up to the announcement, Environment America and colleagues presented Obama officials with letters signed by more than 1,000 East Coast businesses opposed to the drilling proposal.

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Panel unanimously passes bill to overhaul Land Use Regulation Commission

Members of a legislative committee on Thursday unanimously endorsed a bill to reform Maine’s Land Use Regulation Commission after lawmakers reached an accord to remove the most contentious aspect of the measure.

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Support for LURC

Constituent Dorothy Raymond of Norway thanks Rep. Tom Windsor, R-Norway, for his support of Maine's North Woods and the Land Use Regulation Commission and warns of the dangers of LD 1798, which would roll back protections on Maine's treasured places.

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Keschl spoke against LURC reform bill, keeping his word

A constituent thanks Rep. Dennis Keschl, R-Belgrade, for testifying against portions of LD 1798 that threaten the North Woods.

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2011 mishaps sent sewage to stream, wetland

A $17 million project meant to prevent sewage from getting into Bond Brook ended up causing more than 200,000 gallons of untreated sewage to flow into the stream and into a nearby wetland. Bond Brook is also spawning grounds for the endangered Atlantic salmon and the spills happened about when the fish lay their eggs, an environmental group says.

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LURC change too risky

The initiative to improve the way the Land Use Regulation Commission functions was, at the conceptual level, sound. But the bill to tranform LURC that has won committee approval contains some fatal flaws. The eight counties that have the largest amount of Unorganized Territory could see development that permanently degrades the environment and causes long-term harm to communities.

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