ENVIRONMENTAL & ENERGY TECHNOLOGY COUNCIL OF MAINE

Modernization of Maine's Mining Rules & Development

  • Thursday, November 21, 2013
  • 7:15 AM - 9:30 AM
  • Wishcamper Center, USM, 34 Bedford Street, Portland

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Thank you to all who attended this informative presentation.  Speakers' presentations are linked to their names, below.



E2Tech Annual Membership Meeting

We urge all E2Tech members to join us at this forum to elect new officers and Board of Directors Members. E2Tech members will also be asked to vote on amendments to the Bylaws, linked HERE.  If you have any questions, please contact Jeff Marks at director@e2tech.org or 207-956-1970.


Following the Annual Meeting, this month's forum will consist of a lively discussion of the proposed revisions to Maine’s 20-year old mining rules. Pursuant to a law enacted in the 125th Legislature, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is in the process of revising the rules, which are scheduled to go to the Legislature for a vote in 2014. Following public hearings but prior to finalization of the rule, this E2Tech forum will bring regulatory, business, environmental and legal groups together to discuss the rulemaking and its potential impacts.


The rules cover ground and surface water protection, management of waste rock, and financial assurance and remediation mechanisms for closed mines. According to the DEP, the updated rule “will put in place a framework for the recovery of minerals in a responsible, respectful way that keeps Maine’s air, land and water clean.” Environmental groups have concerns that the proposal will gut the state’s current mining regulations. The rulemaking could impact the proposed development of a copper-zinc mine on Aroostook County’s Bald Mountain as well as other potential sites.


Confirmed speakers include:

Nick Bennett, Senior Scientist & Watershed Project Director, Natural Resources Council of Maine

Peter M. Maher, P.E., Sevee & Maher Engineers, Inc.

Thomas R. Doyle, Partner, Pierce Atwood


New! Bangor Videoconference option!


E2Tech is partnering with Woodard & Curran to offer this forum via videoconference at their office in Bangor.  When registering for this forum, simply select the Bangor Videoconference option.  To allow our hosts to plan for the event, please pre-register no later than Tuesday, Nov. 19.  The office is located at One Merchants Plaza in Bangor.  Directions will be included in the registration confirmation email.


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