Letters, April 25, 2019

Apr 25, 2019

Don't sell out

Paul Naron has been around Belfast for a couple of years and he knows how popular the Harbor Walk is; in fact you could say he is trying to capitalize on it — and that’s OK.

But what isn’t OK is that he is unwilling to cooperate with the public interest to see that this attraction remains on a secure and stable footing. Individuals and businesses and City Hall cooperated to establish the Harbor Walk and he needs to join the effort rather then use it as a bargaining chip.

I hope that the Belfast City Council will not sell out the community in this negotiation.

David Greeley

Jackson

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Elisa Ross

Morrill

Understated importance

Few have done as much as Donna Broderick to defend our small community from the ill-advised Nordic Aquafarms fish factory, and I appreciated Donna's April 18 "Nordic Year in Review" letter to the editor. However I think Donna's letter understates the position of the Sierra Club, the oldest and largest environmental organization in the country. Donna hails the Sierra Club's "concerned stance" on the proposed fish factory, but the Sierra Club's position is much more than a concerned stance.

In a March 25 press release, Sierra Club Maine states clearly that its executive committee voted unanimously to oppose the Nordic Aquafarms proposal. That is more than a concerned stance — it is outright opposition to the Nordic industrial fish farm.

The press release goes on to cite the Sierra Club's concerns about Nordic's plan to draw 1,200 gallons of fresh water per minute and to discharge 7.7 million gallons of wastewater per day into Penobscot Bay. The press release cites concern about the unknown nature of that discharge, given Nordic's refusal to say what it intends to feed its fish. And the press release expresses concern about damage to local fish and lobster economies that might result from the discharge of so much wastewater.

Given what we know — and don't know — about the fish factory proposal, the Sierra Club is right to go beyond concern over the Nordic proposal and to oppose it outright.

Lawrence Reichard

Belfast

 

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