Letters for Nov. 14, 2019

Nov 14, 2019

Thank you, Searsmont

First, we would like to thank the Searsmont Fire Department and surrounding towns who responded to the July 27 house fire at the Brierley Farm. We appreciate all of you who tried to save the home.

We also want to thank everyone who made our benefit supper successful and very special thanks to David Marceau who headed up the benefit supper and made everything a little easier for us.

Kandace Brierley Niles

Shawn Gray

Searsmont

Gratitude beyond measure

I am deeply grateful to all the voters and supporters in Belfast who opened their doors, hearts and minds to my campaign for City Council. I am also grateful to those who questioned the basis for this campaign, for it made us think harder, listen deeper, keeping us on the path to becoming better citizens working for an inclusive future.

I am very proud of our campaign; respect was a core operating value; we discarded easy answers in favor of acknowledging the interconnectedness of Belfast’s many pressing issues, including housing, jobs, growing inequality and, above all, the climate emergency facing us all. I hope we shed light on the two emerging Belfasts and will keep both in our hearts and consciousness as we continue planning our future together.

I am also proud that our campaign was positive, offering a wide range of proven ideas, and maintaining an inspiring vision to keep us moving forward. This vision remains a city with rewarding jobs, decent housing, local control, vibrant culture, brain stimulation, energy independence, lots of natural environment to explore and steward; a powerful community for raising families and growing old; and last, but definitely not least, where no one is forgotten, unheard or left behind.

Working with all of you on this campaign has been the most rewarding (and fun!) experience I have had in Belfast. My gratitude is beyond measure.

Ridgely Fuller

Belfast

Legion thanks

On behalf of the Jerry Dobbins American Legion Post 157 of Stockton Springs, I would like to express our gratitude to all the kids at the Searsport school who participated in the Veterans Day recognition ceremony.

All of you did a great job and it meant a lot to all veterans who were there. Hope to see you again next year.

Horace Seekins Jr.

Post Commander

Stockton Springs

 

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Comments (1)
Posted by: Ralph Stanley | Nov 19, 2019 17:12

It’s been two years since Nordic Aquafarms came to town. Let’s review where we are at this point.

Nordic said it would break ground in spring 2018, then fall 2018, then 2019. Now they are saying spring 2020. If past performance is an indication of future success, this is not very encouraging.

Nordic has not secured any of the many state and federal permits it is required to have before breaking ground. Nordic  underestimated the rigor of the permit process and has fumbled it with missed application deadlines, insufficient paperwork, errors, and misrepresentations.

According to Erik Heim, Nordic holds $70 million for a $500- million-dollar project. It does not even have enough to pull off Phase 1. Obviously, investors are not beating down its doors.

In its application to the Planning Board, Nordic admits that there is not enough water in the Little River watershed for its uses as well as local homeowners’, this despite its original claims that there was more than enough water. This is based on Nordic’s own test wells (one had saltwater intrusion) and household use monitoring. Now it wants to draw down the reservoir itself and tap into the Goose River City water supply, which also supposedly has plenty of water.

Also in the application, Nordic says it will be using up to eight diesel generators daily to keep its CMP costs down. It plans to use 900,000 gallons of diesel a year.

Nordic has also learned that the soil on the property is not stable enough to support its tanks. It’s now proposing replacing 215,000 cubic yards of soil (322,500 tons) that will be transported in 21,500 dump truck loads.

Nordic has never harvested a market-ready salmon at its tiny (6,000 tons) Norwegian facility (or anywhere else in the world). Major construction problems delayed the startup.

Its current application rests on being able to build its outflow pipes on shoreland property that they do not have legal right to. The issue is in the courts now and could take as long as two years to settle.

The City has devoted tens of thousands of staff hours to this project at taxpayer expense. It has spent another six figures to grease the skids for this proposal. The City is requiring no financial guarantees or bonding from Nordic in case of a problem, leaving itself and Belfast taxpayers exposed to financial injury.

How long do we have to put up with this fiasco? If Nordic ever secures its permits, we will be looking at a three- to five-year construction phase (assuming no delays) followed by a more than two-year grow-out period for the salmon (assuming no technical or biological problems). A headline in “Intrafish,” the premier aquaculture newsletter, asks: “Land-Based Salmon Farming: Is it the next big thing or a pipe dream?”

Linda Buckmaster

Belfast



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