Governor LePage Hits the nail on the head over the closing of the Lincoln Mill

There is no doubt that we are losing jobs and tax base this week with the announcement of Bankruptcy in Lincoln, the closing of the Old Town Mill, and Verso recently.  Gov. LePage has done all he can to hold these projects back, but there is so much money in the pockets of our Legislators, they can't help themselves from making bad decisions for Mainers.  More jobs down the tube with no hope of them ever coming back.

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Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on September 30, 2015 at 1:39pm
Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on September 30, 2015 at 1:01pm

Bald Mountain, would have become Bald Creator, with a proposed hole and mining site of over 500 acres. 

Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on September 30, 2015 at 12:56pm

Having worked closely this past legislative session on the proposed Mining Rules, the major sticking point besides the unsightlyness, was perpetual care for mining wastes. Who is responsible to maintain, financially, the method and for how long. (the short if it) Though there were other issues involved as well, LD 750 initially proposed by Rep Chapman had the peoples support. However the Statute title LD 750 was stripped of its content and replaced essentially with the previous legislatures rejected rule proposals. This was again rejected, by all parties. But to note, [FACT] there would have been very few jobs other than associated jobs, exactly in the same manner as wind would provide.

New Era Mining:

Most of today's mining is mechanized and GPS guided with processing of the rock being milled in much the same manner, little human interactivity.

Having produced in excess of 80 hours of video, some of which with Independent associates in past  years, have followed this issue attending almost 100% of all meetings.

To me the photo below should be classified as or come under Rock Mining, and probably does under the poorly written current statutes that provide little prohibition other than possible influenced decisions by our agencies such as BEP, DEP and our legislators who do not care to see this destruction through any $$$$$ prison bars. 

Comment by Eskutassis on September 30, 2015 at 12:34pm

What I find fascinating is that our Legislators won't allow mining or such industries in our state because it might cause destruction to the environment.  Under proper control and rules, these industries might actually provide real jobs and real value to our land, and wouldn't allow sights like below.

Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on September 30, 2015 at 9:33am

Shortsightedness of the industry, is of their own making. For nearly 400 years they have taken from this State of Maine ( once a colony ) the forest products. Starting with the early settlers, for shelter to the need for sailing masts and shipbuilding for the European Empires to the current rapid technology of slash and hash including the methodology of calling this forestland a renewable biomass resource of green energy. They have depleted the forests to the point that the natural resource availability has become so scarce they have to endure the supply and demand pricing they support and of their own creation. Some moved on, to the midwest to carry on their resource depletion elsewhere while some straggled to do so and find themselves in a costly business environment. 

Sucks to be the last business standing. 

Now they seek to cut our mountains down, pollute our waters in a different way than past industry did, either by mining, rebuilding Maine as a service farm of remote industries to serve those that feel superior,  or any other way that they can scheme and convince us that these are the jobs we need (tennent workers) while providing Mainer's as little as possible, maintaining a control that always keeps us just out of reach of equality in lifestyle.

We are in a unique time, where land is scarce as to provide a relaxed lifestyle. A lifestyle that is sought by many so that they too may get away from their crappy existence of cities, deserts, and other places now spoiled by progress.

You may bring in as much energy as you wish, to process the remaining forests, removal of mountains or such that may come, however in the end when those resources are gone, or are unable to return, the pipelines, energy tanks, highways and industrial complexes will stand empty and we (future generation) will be scratching their heads with one hand and their Arses with the other, still without a job. Possibly viewing only the pictures of "What Maine Was" as they wonder how "Maine the way life should be" turned to "Maine the last bastion of way life once was".

We can regrow our forests, in time if allowed to do so, but not if their ability is permanently damaged. We can survive with providing relaxing atmospheres if we defend Maine. Though we may need to charge more for trips to the wilderness (if we have any) or a fishing, hunting, hiking, camping trip as our forests regrow, if allowed, they hold the money outside this state, outside this nation. They will just have to part with a bit more of it.

And when we regrow our forests, having protected nature and its abilities, our water and scenic views that remain, maybe, just maybe we can find a way to not repeat our errors or allow them to be perpetrated upon our State again.

Professional Environmentalists is a deception as are those they temporarily oppose. The corpses industrialization, with the hidden remains and dangers below, above or excavated from the ground left as a legacy will show us as a society of complacency, thinking only with shortsightedness. 

Comment by richard mcdonald on September 30, 2015 at 8:02am

The recent expansion and ongoing success of the Woodland/Baileyville mills is in stark contrast to what's taking place in Lincoln and Old Town. The Woodland/Baileyville mills, due to their strategic investment in bringing natural gas (from the Maritimes Northeast pipeline) to the mills has secured their future and allowed them to grow --  adding employment and taxes for a community and a region that was on the brink when Domtar declared it was closing down the entire operation. If Maine drags it's feet on bringing in more NG, it will continue to pay the price. Those who promote wind and solar as the answer for Maine's energy future need to sit with the families in Lincoln and Old Town who are now faced with the prospects of losing it all or having to relocate their families - in most cases they will have to leave Maine to find a new job. This is a continuation and the result of the disastrous policies of progressives and environmental elitists who are forcing their misguided ideology on Maine, wrecking the economies and lives of community after community, and destroying our quality of place with their precious wind farms. The economies of wind and solar don't work for industry. They don't reduce our dependence on oil. They don't provide any significant long-term employment. They don't provide Maine with any advantages as it competes for jobs, tries to sustain itself economically, and will, in the end, turn northern eastern and western Maine into an industrial wasteland.   

Comment by Kevin Gurall on September 29, 2015 at 10:58pm

Obviously there are several factors at work here, but energy is certainly in the top 3 root causes from what I've read.  I think Gov. LePage should do more press releases as his message is often clearer than when he verbalizes it.

Hannah Pingree on the Maine expedited wind law

Hannah Pingree - Director of Maine's Office of Innovation and the Future

"Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine."


Maine as Third World Country:

CMP Transmission Rate Skyrockets 19.6% Due to Wind Power


Click here to read how the Maine ratepayer has been sold down the river by the Angus King cabal.

Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT


(excerpts) From Part 1 – On Maine’s Wind Law “Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine if the law’s goals were met." . – Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, August 2010 Part 2 – On Wind and Oil Yet using wind energy doesn’t lower dependence on imported foreign oil. That’s because the majority of imported oil in Maine is used for heating and transportation. And switching our dependence from foreign oil to Maine-produced electricity isn’t likely to happen very soon, says Bartlett. “Right now, people can’t switch to electric cars and heating – if they did, we’d be in trouble.” So was one of the fundamental premises of the task force false, or at least misleading?" Part 3 – On Wind-Required New Transmission Lines Finally, the building of enormous, high-voltage transmission lines that the regional electricity system operator says are required to move substantial amounts of wind power to markets south of Maine was never even discussed by the task force – an omission that Mills said will come to haunt the state.“If you try to put 2,500 or 3,000 megawatts in northern or eastern Maine – oh, my god, try to build the transmission!” said Mills. “It’s not just the towers, it’s the lines – that’s when I begin to think that the goal is a little farfetched.”

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