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Shut up and take your arsenic

Tests at the site found arsenic levels in the rock up to 29,000 parts per million, mind-bogglingly high. Solids, of course, are not the same as liquids, but that’s 2.9 million times the level the federal Environmental Protection Agency considers safe for
 Bald Mountain mining: take your sulfuric acid, too
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  July 25, 2013
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Maine’s environmental movement reinvents itself for a new era of challenges

Maine's cherished environment may be threatened as never before by the gargantuan forces of economic globalization. In reaction, the state's environmental movement is coalescing into a force stronger than ever. There are new players in the game — includ
Blooming Activists
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  May 04, 2013

Sands of time

Even as gathering signs point to the inevitable construction of the Keystone XL tar-sands pipeline through middle America, tar-sands opponents convened in South Portland on Monday night to oppose the transport of that same viscous petroleum product thro
Going Green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 15, 2013
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Lawmakers mostly stand up against environmental assault

Republican state Senator Thomas Saviello, at one point widely considered a foe of Maine's environment, may have just saved it. At the least, he was a leader in saving a good part of it.
‘Holding the line’
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  May 25, 2012

Progressives rally against rushed GOP agenda

As the rush to late-April legislative adjournment begins, much is at stake for people who want to help the needy (or are needy), or value a fair tax system, or treasure Maine's unspoiled woods and shores, or want government to be run openly — in short,
Legislative threats
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  April 06, 2012

Will the next Keystone fight happen in New England?

We may have narrowly avoided Keystone XL (for now), but local environmental activists say that Maine and New England are not safe from "the dirtiest oil on earth," with a huge Canadian oil company seeking other routes to pump crude oil out of Alberta.
Dirty business
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  February 10, 2012


Get it together

"Political leaders, no matter the party, often can be barometers for public sentiment."
Going green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 30, 2011
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Progressive nightmare

The sky is actually falling for Maine progressives, whose core values are under attack in Augusta.
With their values under attack, many Mainers view this legislative session as the stuff of bad dreams
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 18, 2011
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LePage's secret puppeteers

It was no surprise that Governor Paul LePage would seek to reform Maine's environmental regulations.
How the governor outsourced his regulatory-reform efforts to corporate lobbyists
By COLIN WOODARD  |  February 11, 2011

Farming and the future

The announcement of the Maine Farmland Trust's ambitious 100,000-acre preservation goal wasn't the only farming news this month (see " Another row to hoe "). And, some thoughts about what lies ahead on the green front.
Going green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 21, 2011

The Year in Green

I don't know whether it was the sky-high gas prices or what, but Portland sure caught an eco-bug in 2008.
Going Green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  December 23, 2008


Maine task force to seek offshore power

A new Ocean Energy Task Force, created by Governor John Baldacci last week, is charged in part with investigating the realities of drilling for oil and gas off the coast of Maine.
Energy in the drink
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 12, 2008
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Up Plum Creek without a paddle

A company official has admitted that perhaps his firm should have thought more, and earlier, about environmentalism.
Enviro tactics
By YANNI PEARY  |  November 28, 2007
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Earth, Air, Fire, and Water

It’s going to take more than screwing in a few compact fluorescent light bulbs to make a dent in the state’s energy use.
Can Maine’s alternative-energy sources save the day?
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 19, 2007

I’ve heard the wind blow before

As a responsible journalist — Ow! Ow!
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  May 23, 2007

Voter’s Guide

The Portland Phoenix staff packaged up our hopes for a vibrant Maine and stuffed them in this Voter’s Guide.
Endorsements for races for the Portland city council, the state House of Representatives, the State Senate, the US House of Representatives, the US Senate, and, of course, the governor.
By PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  November 01, 2006


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The Left is reorganizing

This spring, after a vicious internecine battle, two of the state’s most successful liberal political-action groups collapsed: the Maine Citizen Leadership Fund (MCLF) and the closely allied Dirigo Alliance.
Progressives take a page from the Right
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  July 12, 2006
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Toxinland

I tried to find the answers to two questions: why did the Legislature pass LD 141, and why did Hillary Lister chain herself to the railing of the House gallery on April 11?
Welcome to Maine, the way toxic waste emissions should be
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  May 10, 2006

Update

Mayor Jim Cohen’s Sustainable Portland Task Force was established May 1 in a unanimous city council vote.
Sustainable Portland is a go
By SARA DONNELLY  |  May 03, 2006
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Giving up

Lobbyists in the Maine State House outnumber legislators and do everything from write laws to raise political-campaign funds, so regulating lobbyists has long been a progressive priority.
What’s the matter with Maine   progressives?
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  March 02, 2006