RadioActive 2/20/24: Sears Island Targeted – Mining – Juniper Ridge Landfill – Gaza

Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco
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The Maine Land Use Planning Commission rejects Wolfden Mining’s application to rezone over 300 acres to allow for metallic mining in the Katahdin region, at the head water tributaries of the Penobscot River.

Local residents and the Penobscot Nation speak out at a public hearing on Casella Waste Systems request for a contract extension to operate the Juniper Ridge Landfill in Old Town, while they seek a seventy acre, 40% expansion.

Governor Mills has targeted undeveloped Sears Island as the State’s” preferred site” to build an offshore wind port staging facility, instead of Mack Point in Searsport. This development would clear acres of forested land, destroy eelgrass meadows, essential fish habitat, a fisheries nursery area, and shellfish beds, and disrupt migratory bird patterns. A network of groups who have fought off industrial development plans on Sears Island for years, will continue to fight. A demonstration will be held Wed. Feb 21 3-6 pm on the Belfast Bridge.

And some of the voices of Maine residents demonstrating at Rep Golden’s Office this month calling for a cease fire in Gaza, where now over 29, 000 Palestinian people have been killed by Israel bombing.

LUPC Commissioners Leo Trudel, Gwen Hilton, Perry Ellsworth and Millard Billings
Maulian Bryant, Penobscot Nation Ambassador
Ed Spencer (Don’t Waste ME); Dana Colihan (Slingshot); Luke Sekera Flanders (Community Water Justice, Maine Youth Climate Justice)
Becky Bartovics, Alliance for Sears Island, Sierra Club Maine Chapter
Demonstrators at Feb 3 rally in Bangor calling for Ceasefire in Gaza