Mining in Maine: Open for Business?
Curtis Memorial Library
Join Friends of Merrymeeting Bay (FOMB) for the next installment of their 17th Annual Winter Speaker Series. Last summer, Maine’s Board of Environmental Protection (BEP) released a list of changes to its proposed mining rules which dramatically weakened these already-weak provisions. The changes increase the likelihood Maine’s environment, including the watershed of Merrymeeting Bay, will suffer from serious mining pollution and that Maine taxpayers will have to pay to clean it up. Many of the proposed changes would allow mining companies to delay cleanup efforts which historically has led to taxpayer-funded cleanups years after companies have made their profits and abandoned the sites.
This presentation, featuring Pete Didisheim, Senior Director of Advocacy at the Natural Resources Council of Maine (NRCM), is open to the public and light refreshments will be served. Didisheim and NRCM have been working on this issue extensively since the changes were proposed in Summer 2013.