Archives for Searsport

WERU News Report 8/14/12

Producer/Host: Amy Browne

Program Topic: Latest news on the LPG tank proposal in Searsport

*Planning Board grants application extension to DCP *DCP refusal to submit certain information to Maine Fuel Board until assured it would not be made public caused delay *Area residents are commissioning a nationally renowned expert to do a risk assessment

Recorded audio from Searsport Planning Board meeting on 8/13/12

Call In Program: No

WERU News Report 7/10/12

Producer/Host: Amy Browne

Issue: Independent Local News

Program Topic: Searsport Planning Board Receives Complaints from DCP, Bans Public Comments

*Searsport Town Planning board voted 4-1 last night to ban public comments re: pending applications from their regular meetings, after receiving complaints from DCP, the company that wants to build a controversial LPG tank facility
*Area residents tell us what they think about the decision, and what they had been planning to say at the meeting, had they been allowed to do so
*Follow up with Planning Board Chair Bruce Probert

Recorded audio from the planning board meeting, interviews with attendees

Call In Program: No

WERU News Report 6/27/12

Producer/Host: Amy Browne
Issue: Independent Local News

Program Topics: DCP attempts to limit public input on the LPG tank plan; ACLU of Maine on the AZ immigration law ruling; and a review of Medea Benjamin’s new book on Drone Warfare

Key Discussion Points:
a) DCP Midstream, the company that wants to build a massive liquid propane tank facility in Searsport, is attempting to limit public participation at Searsport Planning Board meetings. They also outline several other complaints in a recent letter from their lawyer to the town. Features audio recorded by Ron Huber at the June 11th meeting, and interviews with Ron Huber, Executive Director of Penobscot Bay Watch and Astrig Tanguay, Searsport resident and owner of Searsport Shores Campground. FMI: www.penbay.org ; www.tbnt.org , www.dcpmidstream.com

b) Shenna Bellows, Executive Director of ACLU of Maine, responds to the Supreme Court ruling on the Arizona immigration law and discusses status of similar legislation in Maine FMI: www.aclumaine.org

c) Lisa Savage, CODEPINK Maine coordinator, reviews Medea Benjamin’s new book, Drone Warfare: Killing By Remote
Control FMI: www.codepink.org

Call In Program: no

WERU Community SoapBox 5/8/12

Host: Amy Browne
Engineer: Joel Mann
Issue: Open-mic style call-in show
Key Discussion Points: LPG tank, Searsport, Emergency Management Meeting, Climate Change, E-W Highway, E-W Corridor, Fukushima Reactor 4, Obama, Romney, 3rd party candidates, Citizens United, Move to Amend, Thanks But No Tank
Guests by name and affiliation: n/a
Call In Program: yes

WERU Special: LPG in Searsport? 2/8/12

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:
a) Safety
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

WERU Community SoapBox 2/7/12

Issue: Open mic style call-in show

Broadcast Time: 4pm

Program Topic: Various
Key Discussion Points:
School consolidation
Legalizing cannabis
LPG proposal/Searsport
Universal Health Care
Sovereign Citizens
Book recommendation
TUC Radio

Guests by name and affiliation: n/a
Call In Program: yes
Political Broadcast: no

Host: Amy Browne
Engineer: Joel Mann

WERU News Report 2/1/12

Issue: Alternative Local News
Broadcast Time: 4pm

Program Topic: DCP Midstream’s Liquefied Propane Gas (LPG) Terminal Proposal

Key Discussion Points:
a) What DCP says about the proposal
b) Questions/concerns of local residents
c) Audio from DCP’s presentation last week in Searsport

Guests by name and affiliation: n/a (audio recorded from public meeting and WERU SoapBox)

Call In Program: no
Political Broadcast: no

Host: Amy Browne
Engineer: Amy Browne

WERU News Report 12/7/11

Broadcast Time: 4pm

Program Topic: An update on the Liquified Propane Gas tank facility proposal for Mack Point (Searsport)

Key Discussion Points:
What questions and concerns are being raised about the project by local people?
Why are people organizing in opposition?
Where is the project in the approval process and what steps are being taken to slow things down?

Guests by name and affiliation: Astrig Tanguay, local business owner and organizer with “Thanks But No Tank”

FMI: www.thanksbutnotank.org www.facebook.com/pages/Searsport-LPG-Tank-Protest/177114419044869

Host: Amy Browne
Engineer: Amy Browne