Nancy Oden

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Washington County Issues

1. Dump for out-of-state garbage proposed for…
2. LNG terminals proposed which would…
3. Bridge proposed to Canada wrong…
4. Airport plans ignore fact is un-needed…
5. RR tracks to be torn up but we need them…
6. Pesticides raining down, causing…

(More Issues will be listed soon.)


1. DUMP for out-of-state garbage proposed for 4,700 acres in Township 14. This is more than 7 square miles of Washington County's woods and waters.

The Clean Water Coalition, a Washington County citizens' group which kept another huge dump out of Township 30 in the late 1980's, is requesting Public Hearings from state agencies.

This battle has just begun. When Public Hearings are scheduled, CWC will let people know through the newspapers, this website, and its own website (awaiting your donations).

To keep other people's garbage away from us, please send a generous donation to Clean Water Coalition, PO Box 186, Jonesboro, Maine 04648.

INSTEAD, we need to keep out-of-state garbage out of state, as well as promote full-scale, convenient composting of food waste and re-use, repair, and recycling of all possible materials so we (1) stop wasting our natural resources, (2) stop contaminating our woods and waters, (3) create many good jobs.

Read the most up-to-date information.

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2. LNG Terminals for huge, balloon-like ships carrying highly flammable natural gas (for pipelining to Boston, NYC) have been proposed for Washington County's gorgeous North Coast. These are the most ludicrous proposals yet put forth by the "anything's disposable if I get some money out of it" crowd.

To find out more, go to http://www.cleanearth.net/op-ed/no_lng.html. To keep up with these preposterous proposals, go to the excellent website http://www.savepassamaquoddybay.org, a service of area citizens, members of the Passamaquoddy Tribe, and Canadian citizens fighting to keep their waters free from this ugly, flammable danger.

INSTEAD, we need to promote energy conservation and clean energy for Maine's people (solar, wind, tidal, small hydro, but NOT burning up our trees so cities can keep their air conditioners on all night), and work hard to lessen our dependence on oil and gas. Ideas for energy conservation around the home are here: http://www.cleanearth.net/waste_not.html.

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3. BRIDGE across St. Croix River between USA (Calais) and Canada (St. Stephen, NB) should not go through Moosehorn Wildlife Refuge, destroying visible eagle and osprey nests. Oil spill in April 2006 caused huge, hours-long traffic jam on Route 1, the only highway in and out of proposed site.

INSTEAD, Bridge should go at Baileyville junction of Routes 1 & 9, allowing a straight path across the River, as well as no overpasses and traffic circles, which the proposed route would need, at much greater expense. Contact Maine DOT in Augusta and tell them your feelings about this project.

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4. AIRPORT, a new one, proposed to go in Jonesboro right over residents' houses, which would replace current Machias Airport.

INSTEAD, keep Machias Airport, which works just fine, and use Trenton Airport for jets and other potential larger airplanes. There is no demand or need for a larger airport, but a few people with private airplanes want a bigger airfield because there is "free" federal money. Our answer is, "NO, it's another unnecessary boondoggle at taxpayers' expense. Use what you have and be happy with it."

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5. RAILROAD TRACKS proposed to be torn up and sold as "salvage" by Maine DOT to make "rails to trails," so those with excess time and money can ride aimlessly up and down the former railroad tracks. People who have nothing better to do than ride back and forth on their machines shouldn't look to everyone else to subsidize their noise and pollution.

INSTEAD, hiking trails can be built alongside the existing railroad tracks, and the tracks can be refurbished over time. One way to pay for this would be to NOT build the aforementioned (Item 3, above) bridge in the wrong place, thereby saving tens of millions of dollars.

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6. PESTICIDES, which harm people and wildlife as well as plants and insects some want to kill, are sprayed with abandon around Washington County by "wild" blueberry growers, DOT along roadsides, electric utilities along rights-of-way through woods, and homeowners in their lawns and gardens, who surely aren't aware of cleaner methods or they wouldn't harm themselves, their children, and pets.

INSTEAD, there are clean, natural methods of dealing with unwanted plants and animals. Information is available in many places, one important one being http://www.panna.org, and another at http://www.getipm.com.

Nancy Oden

PO Box 1
Jonesboro, Maine 04648
207-434-6228
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