Nordic's BEP application testimony in photos

By Kendra Caruso | Feb 26, 2020
Photo by: Kendra Caruso A large crowd gathers Feb. 11 to give public comment about Nordic Aquafarms' land-based fish farm proposal at the UMaine Hutchinson Center, most of those testifying before the Board of Environmental Protection opposed the project.

Belfast — The Board of Environmental Protection considered Nordic Aquafarms' land-based fish farm application during four long days of testimony from the company and its opponents.

Dozens of locals crowded the University of Maine Hutchinson Center to speak during the public hearing after the first day of testimony Feb 11. Most of those who spoke were opposed to the fish farm. More local lobstermen spoke about their concerns about the project than at the city's Planning Board meetings.

Along with Nordic, local opposition group Upstream Watch, the Lobstering Union, property abutters and local proponents The Fish Are OKAY testified before the BEP on parts of the application.

Local fishermen TJ Faulkingham, behind podium, right, and Hunter Penney speak to the Board of Environmental Protection Feb. 11 at the UMaine Hutchinson Center about their concerns that Nordic Aquafarms' proposed land-based fish farm might have an adverse effect on the local fishery. (Photo by: Kendra Caruso)
Nordic Aquafarms and its opponents sit at tables next to each other while waiting to testify before the Board of Environmental Protection on the company's land-based fish farm application Feb. 11 at UMaine Hutchinson. (Photo by: Kendra Caruso)
Local fishermen David Black left and Wayne Canning, center, and Lobstering Union consultant Paul Bernacki, testify before the Board of Environmental Protection about concerns over Nordic Aquafarms' proposed pipeline into the bay at the board's public hearing Feb. 12 at UMaine Hutchinson. (Photo by: Kendra Caruso)
Board members and staff, seated at left, listen to testimony about Nordic Aquafarms' land-based fish farm application from company officials, right, Feb. 11 at UMaine Hutchinson. (Photo by: Kendra Caruso)
Peter Delgreco, at podium, addresses Board of Environmental Protection members Feb. 11 about his support for Nordic Aquafarms' proposed land-based fish farm at the board's public hearing at  UMaine Hutchinson. (Photo by: Kendra Caruso)
Kristin Racine, attorney for local opposition group Upstream Watch, at podium, listens to Nordic Aquafarms officials' testimony during the Board of Environmental Protection's hearing on the company's application Feb. 11 at UMaine Hutchinson. (Photo by: Kendra Caruso)
Nordic Aquafarms attorney Joanna Tourangeau questions an Upstream Watch consultant Feb. 12 at the Board of Environmental Protection's hearing on the company's application at UMaine Hutchinson. (Photo by: Kendra Caruso)
Nordic Aquafarms environmental consultant Elizabeth Ransom, left, listens to questions from opposition groups about the company's application Feb. 12 at UMaine Hutchinson during the Board of Environmental Protection's hearings. (Photo by: Kendra Caruso)
Nordic Aquafarms opponent Jim Merkel, at podium, speaks to the Board of Environmental Protection against the company's land-based fish farm permit applications Feb. 11 at UMaine Hutchinson during the board's public hearing. (Photo by: Kendra Caruso)
A Belfast resident speaks to the Board of Environmental Protection against Nordic Aquafarms' land-based fish farm applications Feb. 11 at UMaine Hutchinson during the board's public hearing. (Photo by: Kendra Caruso)
The Board of Environmental Protection listens to opening arguments from Upstream Watch attorney Kristin Racine, right, Feb. 11 at UMaine Hutchinson Center during hearings on Nordic Aquafarms' proposed land-based fish farm. (Photo by: Kendra Caruso)
Board of Environmental Protection Executive Analyst Cynthia Bertocci listens to testimony in Nordic Aquafarms' land-based fish farm application hearing Feb. 12 at UMaine Hutchinson Center. (Photo by: Kendra Caruso)
Board of Environmental Protection members Susan Lessard, left, and Marc Draper, right, listen to testimony on Nordic Aquafarms' land-based fish farm application hearing Feb. 12 at UMaine Hutchinson. (Photo by: Kendra Caruso)
Board of Environmental Protection member James Parker listens to testimony in Nordic Aquafarms' land-based fish farm application hearing Feb. 12 at UMaine Hutchinson Center. (Photo by: Kendra Caruso)
Board of Environmental Protection Presiding Officer Robert Duchesne listens to testimony in Nordic Aquafarms' land-based fish farm application hearing Feb. 12 at UMaine Hutchinson Center. (Photo by: Kendra Caruso)
Board of Environmental Protection member Alvin Ahlers listens to testimony in Nordic Aquafarms' land-based fish farm application hearing Feb. 12 at UMaine Hutchinson. (Photo by: Kendra Caruso)
Board of Environmental Protection member Robert Sanford listens to testimony in Nordic Aquafarms' land-based fish farm application hearing Feb. 12 at UMaine Hutchinson. (Photo by: Kendra Caruso)
Kim Ervin Tucker, attorney for the Lobstering Union and project abutters Jeffrey Mabee and Judith Grace, at podium, listens to testimony against Nordic Aquafarms' proposed land-based fish farm proposal Feb. 12 at the Board of Environmental Protection hearing. (Photo by: Kendra Caruso)
Assistant Attorney General Peggy Bensinger listens to testimony about Nordic Aquafarms' proposed land-based fish farm Feb. 12 at UMaine Hutchinson during the Board of Environmental Protection hearing. (Photo by: Kendra Caruso)
Department of Environmental Protection staffer Kevin Martin, right, listens to testimony about Nordic Aquafarms' proposed land-based fish farm Feb. 13 at UMaine Hutchinson during the Board of Environmental Protection hearing. (Photo by: Kendra Caruso)
A sign at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center points the way Feb. 13 to the Board of Environmental Protection hearing is for Nordic Aquafarms' land-based fish farm application. (Photo by: Kendra Caruso)
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