October 15, 2013 Oh NO!!!! Mc Cabe doesn’t get it yet..and does NRCM??? these legislative recommendations are NO FIX and not well informed
Neither LD 1302 or the joint letter from many legislators to DEP requesting that certain elements of LD 1302 be addressed in the mining rules is a fix to the policy gaps and errors in our statute and in the draft mining regulations. Allowing this to become the “holy grail” the “common ground” the “consensus position” on the mining rules will not lead to wise well informed policy or a fix we can live with that provides an acceptable balance between environmental protection and whatever economic befits mining has for Maine.
The most fruitful and powerful action that could be taken in collaboration would be to jointly commission an outside expert like David Chambers or Robert Moran to comment on Maine’s statute and on these regulations with a view to recommending a course of action for Maine that will lead us to wise well informed metallic mining policy. With enough people involved this could be done with very small contributions and a lot could be achieved for a modest and easily achievable sum. Make expert guidance our united position.
The cornerstone of environmental protection environmental risk management is an ARD Management program informing each phase of mining and guiding the decisions on where and how to proceed at each phase of mining. Our statute doesn’t “get that”. Our draft rules are even further from that. The pillars of wise statutory policy are (1) neutral drainage (2)a self sustaining post mining closure returning the eco system to its natural balance, functions and character.
There is always a long gap between that moment in history when there is consensus among experts and when that is reflected in law and policy. No other state has accomplished that although there was much language available from many states that has translated important parts of that “expert consensus” into policy.
Maine had,, and maybe still has, the opportunity to be the first state to do that if we as activists and advocates for sound environmental policy and wilderness protection take the wise course of recognizing the limitations of our own expertise in metallic mining and collectively seek guidance and help from someone like David Chambers or Robert Moran.
Lindsay Newland Bowker, CPCU, ARM, Environmental Risk Manager
Bowker Associates Science & Research In the Public Interest
15 Cove Meadow Rd
Stonington, Maine 04681
207 367 5145
October 8, 2013