WERU News Report 4/27/11

Producer/Host: Amy Browne

A public hearing was held in Augusta on Monday for LD872, a bill that would decrease protection for the habitat areas around vernal pools and require that property owners be reimbursed if required to protect habitat on land they own. The hearing, held by the Joint Standing Committee on Environmental and Natural Resources, drew a standing-room-only crowd of supporters and opponents. Yesterday on the WERU News Report we heard from of the testimony in support of the bill. Among the proponents we heard from were Chandler Woodcock, the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, and Daryl Brown, Commissioner of the DEP—both of whom promised to provide the facts to back up their testimony later– in time for the upcoming work session, a session at which the public is not allowed to comment unless asked to by the committee.

Today we hear testimony from some of the opponents of LD872 at Monday’s hearing.