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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRESS RELEASE - July 1, 2015
Contact: Chris Buchanan, 207-495-3648, [email protected]
The bill that is expected to prevent future development of Cianbro's East-West Highway and Industrial Corridor idea passed into law unsigned by the Governor on June 26. The bill revises the controversial public-private partnership law for transportation projects to clarify that P3's must comply with Maine's Sensible Transportation Policy, which has guided Maine Transportation Policy and the Department of Transportation since 1991. The bill, LD 1168 was sponsored by Senator Paul Davis, R-Piscataquis, and broadly supported by opponents to the East-West Corridor, environmentalists, sportsmen and women, and small business owners. Opponents say that requiring Cianbro's East-West Corridor proposal to meet the criteria outlined in the Sensible Transportation Policy Act will be impossible for the developers.
"We've been following this for over 3 years," said Stop the East-West Corridor's statewide coordinator Chris Buchanan. "We have read Cianbro's proposal and attended most of Peter Vigue and Darryl Brown's presentations, and we've been honest with people about what they say. Most people don't like the idea."
"This law makes it necessary for Cianbro, or any other private development corporation, to have public support before moving forward with a significant transportation project that profits them." The bill created a reporting requirement so that both lawmakers and the public are informed annually by the Department about contracted public-private partnerships. "We believe that is important for transparency and accountability," said Buchanan.
"The need for state legislation has been clearly demonstrated by the actions taken by local communities to enact local laws designed to protect their community from the proposed East-West Corridor when adequate state policy has been sorely lacking. Eight communities have overwhelmingly passed some form of local ordinance, be it a moratorium, referendum, local-self governance, or land use ordinance. These communities so far include: Abbot, Charleston, Dexter, Dover-Foxcroft, Garland, Monson, Parkman, and Sangerville," Buchanan said.
"It is remarkable that so many local residents are taking the initiative to protect themselves. It is telling how many people feel threatened and left vulnerable by Maine's existing state laws. LD 1168 creates some protection for people who don't want the highway part of Cianbro's Corridor plan," Buchanan said.
Over the past three years, Stop the East-West Corridor has focused on developing resources, advocating for transparency, and supporting a statewide coalition of decentralized local resistance to the proposed East-West Corridor. The website, stopthecorridor.org, describes members as, "A coalition of Maine residents."
PRESS RELEASE – May 12, 2014
From: Advocates for Sustainable Futures Downeast
Advocates for Sustainable Futures Downeast announces two public information meetings addressing the Cianbro Corporation’s proposal to build a 220 mile fenced limited access private East-West Corridor from Calais to Coburn Gore. It will pass through Hancock County.
One meeting will be in Aurora on Wednesday May 28, 6:30 to 8:00 PM at the Airline Community School, 26 Great Pond Road. The second will be in Ellsworth on Wednesday June 11, 6:30 to 8:00 PM in the large upstairs meeting room at Ellsworth City Hall.
The purpose of the meetings is to share issues and concerns expressed by Mainers over this unprecedented proposal. The multi-billion-dollar corridor proposal has profound economic, environmental, ecological, cultural, development, and self-governance implications. In Hancock County its projected route would go through Great Pond and three unorganized northern territories.
Public hearings and legislative action in Augusta last spring put important brakes on the proposal. But it has not gone away so much as underground. This project presents a real challenge to our self-government. The public is urged to attend and all Hancock County Select Board members, County Commissioners, and Hancock County state legislators have been individually invited.
The meeting will start with a half dozen short presentations highlighting the central concerns. The remaining fifty minutes will be devoted to questions, discussion, and comments from the floor.
Advocates for Sustainable Futures Downeast
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