Producer/Host: Natalie Springuel
Note: Because of storm-related power outages in the area, Coastal Conversation aired only via live stream on it’s usual air date, 1/25/19. It was rebroadcast on 1/31/19.
Maine coastal and ocean issues: The Maine Ocean School
Key Discussion Points:
-Interviews with students, faculty and board members at the Maine Ocean School, a new public magnet school based in Searsport with a mission to provide a theme-based high school education focused on the ocean.
-Students talk about their aspirations for the future and how the Ocean School will help them get there.
-Founders talk about how this unique educational model came about with support from marine industry members from throughout the state.
-Teachers talk about the school’s innovative curriculum.
The 12 students of the Maine Ocean School‘s inaugural class
Leslie Gregroy, Lead Teacher, Maine Ocean School
Meg Begley, Teacher, Maine Ocean School
James Gillway,school founder and chairman of the Maine Ocean School Foundation Searsport Town Manager, State Representative
Gayle Zydlewski, member of the board of trustees of the Maine Ocean School
University of Maine Associate Professor of Marine Sciences and Director of Maine Sea Grant
Almon D. (Bud) Rivers, member of the board of trustees, Maine Ocean School Searsport Emergency Management Director
Producer/Host: Amy Browne
Studio Engineer: Joel Mann
The US Army Corps of Engineers and Maine DOT are proposing a dredging project in Searsport Harbor that would result in nearly a million cubic yards of materials being dumped in Penobscot Bay near Islesboro. The project would deepen and widen the shipping channel. Supporters say that would improve commerce in the port, but opponents say the economic and environmental risks far outweigh any potential benefits.
Joining me in the studio today are Joel Pitcher of the Maine Lobstering Union, and attorney Kim Tucker. She represents the Maine Lobstering Union, Pemaquid Muscle Farm, and the Sierra Club of Maine as well as some individual members of the Zone D lobster council. The program also features excerpts from an interview with Dr. Kevin Yeager- an independent scientist who previously worked on the Holtrachem/Mallinkrodt mercury case in the federal court system. He is the author of a new report that raises serious concerns about the plan– among them the possibility that inert mercury in the sediment may be converted to a more toxic form and make its way into the food chain in Penobscot Bay. He also criticizes the methology the Army Corps used in their sediment sampling.
Issue: LPG Facility Proposed for Searsport
Broadcast Time: 6-8pm
Program Topic: DCP Midstream’s proposal to build a massive LPG terminal in Searsport, Maine
Key Discussion Points:
b) Economic Impacts
c) Environmental Impacts
d) Moratorium (and DCP Midstream’s attempts to influence)
Guests by name and affiliation:
A) Almon “Bud” Rivers, Searsport Emergency Management Director
B) Astrig Tanguay, Searsport resident and tourism-based business owner
C) Peter Taber, Searsport resident
Also audio clips featuring DCP Midstream employees, recorded 1/26/12 (DCP declined our invitation to take part in the show)
Call In Program: Yes
Political Broadcast: No
Host: Amy Browne
Engineer: Joel Mann