Nordic Aquafarms has filed a 144-page document that includes maps, letters, chains of deeds and redacted release deeds from five heirs at law (blood relatives) or devisees (a person left real estate in a will) allowing the company to claim title, right and interest in land formerly known as the Harriet Hartley or Phyllis Poor property.

The filing came in response to a Department of Environmental Protection request regarding missing documents referenced in Nordic’s Site Location and Development Act (SLODA) and Natural Resources Protection Act applications (NRPA).

Nordic has negotiated an easement to lay underground intake and outflow pipes through a Route 1 property currently owned by the Eckotes — formerly owned Harriet Hartley. Ownership of that property has been a source of contention between the Norwegian company and opponents of the proposed land-based salmon farm.

Nordic Aquafarms maintains it has clear rights to the property, while Upstream Watch, a group of neighbors and opponents, claim that Hartley retained and preserved the intertidal area in perpetuity. Upstream Watch has negotiated a conservation easement with Jeffrey Mabee and Judith Grace, whom the group says actually own the intertial area in front of the Eckrotes' land.

Nordic provided a stamped — opponents have argued that previous submissions have not been official — copy of a May 16 letter from James Dorsky that summarizes his survey results as well as a 2018 Good Deeds topographical survey of the Eckrotes’ property. Both of those documents were requested by Maine DEP and have been criticized as withheld by opponents.

In a letter dated May 29, Maine DEP Deputy Commissioner Melanie Loyzim requested several other support documents mentioned in application materials, but not submitted, that are related to title, right and interest.

Loyzim’s letter says a pre-application meeting May 7 between Nordic and the state Bureau of Parks and Lands — which will make the determination on the SLODA application — “recommended that NAF submit to the department all information illustrating NAF’s TRI that is in NAF’s possession or control, including all deeds, surveys, opinions, analyses and other information regarding the intertidal zone adjacent to the upland area of the Eckrote property.” She asks if Nordic has provided all of that information and states the company may “provide any additional information in NAF’s possession or control that may additionally or further illustrate NAF’s TRI for the proposed project.”

The deputy commissioner suggested providing Dorsky’s opinion “as to whether any part of the intertidal zone adjacent to the Eckrote’s (sic) property was ever separated from the upland property or is not currently owned by the Eckrotes.”

In his May 16 letter, Dorsky wrote the former Hartley property is now four separate parcels. He said one parcel clearly retained rights to the flats, and while the other parcels are less clear, Dorsky said he believes the Eckrote family has retained ownership of its parcel since it was conveyed from Harriet Hartley.

“Your legal counsel will be able to help you review this information along with their own research to help determine the status of the actual ownership of the intertidal zone in front of the Eckrote property," he said.

Loyzim also requested that Nordic submit “the size, acreage, dimensions and location relative to the Eckrote property of any intertidal area that NAF claims is owned by the Eckrotes ….”

Nordic counsel Joanna Tourangeau notes in her June 10 cover letter that the maps included in the filing have been updated to include that information.

In addition to Nordic President Eric Heim, to whom the letter is addressed, copies also were sent to the company’s legal counsel, as well as to Elizabeth Ransom of Ransom Consulting, other BPL officials and the state’s Assistant Attorney General’s office.

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