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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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Senate Republicans approve resolution to support Keystone Pipeline; Democrats criticize move as politically motivated

Maine's Senate votes 17-15 to support a resolution in favor of the Keystone oil pipeline. Environment Maine director Emily Figdor says the only winner is Big Oil.

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Obama Administration to Protect Americans' Health by Setting Carbon Pollution Standards for New Power Plants

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today proposed historic new limits on carbon pollution from new power plants. Coal-fired power plants are the largest single source of carbon pollution in the U.S., yet there are currently no federal limits on this pollution from power plants. 

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Maine LURC Reform Proposal Wins Key Committee Endorsement

A controversial proposal to revamp the Land Use Regulation Commission has been unanimously approved by a legislative committee, virtually guaranteeing its passage by the full Legislature. Debate over the future of the agency esponsible for zoning and planning in Maine's vast unorganized territories has raged for more than a year. But one of the most contentious parts of the bill has been removed. And the final result is being characterized as a solid compromise.

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LURChing to an Amazing Finish

When Governor Paul LePage proposed to abolish Maine’s Land Use Regulation Commission, and give counties the planning and regulatory authority for the 10 million acres of unorganized territory, it unleashed what promised to be an ugly bitter battle.

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Committee Drops Worst LURC Rollbacks After Public Outcry

The Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry gave final approval this afternoon to a bill to overhaul the Land Use Regulation Commission, LD 1798. The Committee passed the bill by a unanimous vote after major changes were made to the bill, including stripping out the provision that allowed counties to drop out of LURC’s protections.

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