Letters, Jan. 2

Jan 02, 2020

Nordic proposal would add to climate crisis

While The Republican Journal and Village Soup article on the Dec. 18 Belfast Planning Board meeting discusses some of the air emissions issues associated with the industrial fish factory Nordic Aquafarms has proposed for Belfast, the article leaves out some key facts.

As I said at that meeting, Nordic's plan to burn 900,000 gallons of diesel per year would spew no less than 19.8 million pounds of carbon into the air, and the company's plan to truck off at least 14,000 truckloads of soil from its proposed construction site would pour hundreds of thousands of additional pounds of carbon into the air. And that doesn't count the carbon produced by the soil excavation.

By Nordic's own statements, the 900,000 gallons of diesel Nordic plans to burn represents only a small portion of the overall electricity Nordic would use, so the company would create much more carbon through its use of Central Maine Power electricity. And this doesn't count the carbon produced by shipping in its large amounts of fish meal from South America and Southeast Asia. Nor does it count the carbon sequestration lost by Nordic's destruction and paving over of scores of acres of trees and wetlands. As I said at the Dec. 18 meeting, soil sequesters carbon, but not when it is covered by buildings.

Nor do these figures count the carbon produced by shipping its manufactured product to high-end consumers up and down the East Coast.

Clearly Nordic's proposed industrial fish factory would exact a substantial toll on our atmosphere at a time when we desperately need to dramatically reduce our carbon footprint in order to stave off the worst affects of the climate crisis.

Lawrence Reichard

Belfast

Comments (4)
Posted by: Ralph Stanley | Jan 09, 2020 06:21

Nordic suit and tie guys and their surveyors were out in full force the other day when I crossed the Little River headed to Belfast. They looked worried.

 



Posted by: Ralph Stanley | Jan 08, 2020 20:12

Belfast's Planning Board is conducting their public hearing this evening, Jan. 8. Upstream Watch attorney has spelled it out clearly the ownership and the historical ownership of the tidal lands adjacent to the Little River. The ownership of these lands has been proven by the courts previously. This case is now before the courts essentially with the same history. Nordic has filed nuisance complaints against Upstream Watch over these filings. If they had anything, they would not file these complaints.



Posted by: Ralph Stanley | Jan 08, 2020 19:55

Trudy Miller would like you to believe that if Upstream Watch had not advised Jeff Mabee that he owned the tidal lands he would have never figured it out and Nordic would have been free to trespass on land that they didn't own. If Nordic knew one year prior that Jeff Mabee owned the tidal lands, why did they not purchase his property given that it was for sale.



Posted by: Ralph Stanley | Jan 03, 2020 15:03

Nordic suit and tie guys and their surveyors were out in full force the other day when I crossed the Little River headed to Belfast. They looked worried.



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