Archives for Penobscot Bay

BoatTalk 4/10/12 (and September 2003 bonus episode)

Program Topic:big boat stuff
Key Discussion Points:
a) piloting big vessels in Penobscot Bay
b) elvers are big bucks
c) come boating sucess
Guests by name and affiliation:
B) David Gelinas Penobscot Bay Pilots
C )
Call In Program: yes
Host :m joyce/a sprague
Engineer: amy browne

**Also archived along with this show is a show from September 2003, about which Mike writes: “This 9/03 BoatTalk episode is a classic – and about the best sea story you’ll ever hear. Present day Penobscot Bay Pilot Skip Strong describes his rescue of a tug & barge in a mayday situation in a tropical storm off Florida with a loaded oil tanker. This unusual situation resulted in the largest marine salvage award in history because of the very special cargo in the barge. Highly recommended BoatTalk’s greatest hit”

Weekend Voices 1/30/10

Producer/Host: Amy Browne

The company responsible for cleaning up hundreds of thousands of tons of soil contaminated by mercury at the former Holtrachem chemical plant in Orrington, is asking the state to approve a cheaper, less thorough, and quicker, clean up plan for the site.   Mallinckrodt Incorporated, a subsidiary of a multibillion dollar corporation, would save an estimated $100 million, and leave behind a large quantity of mercury in the soil, if their plan to remove only the most contaminated section is approved.   Mercury is a potent neurotoxin, and the former Holtrachem site is on the banks of the Penobscot River, just a few miles upstream from Penobscot Bay.

The Board of Environmental Protection held a public hearing in Orrington, Thursday night to hear what people think about the proposal.  WERU was there, and today we bring you excerpts from the testimony.