LD422 An Act To Facilitate the Creation of the Maine Water Trust To Regulate and Protect Maine's Water Supply and To Ensure the

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LD422 An Act To Facilitate the Creation of the Maine Water Trust To Regulate and Protect Maine's Water Supply and To Ensure the

They are working on the final nail in rural Maine's coffin. With ownership of ground water comes control of everything else. This bill should be quashed before any part of it takes root. Please contact your representatives.
http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/bills_128th/billtexts/HP0302...

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A limit of 50,000 gallons of

A limit of 50,000 gallons of groundwater per day removed from the ground. 50,000 gallons sounds like a lot, what?

It's 6683 cubic feet.

The oroville dam spillway is now discharging 100,000 cubic feet per second.

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Fear not. This silly bill

Fear not. This silly bill will go nowhere. It sounds like something from a city dweller with no knowledge of the subject or the current process.

All large production wells are already regulated and laboriously approved by state DEP and Health Engineers.

Part of that approval process requires proof that no people will be harmed and no natural resources will be destroyed.

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The water extraction portion

The wrong headed water extraction portion of this bill is a side show, perhaps to draw in the support of the ever present anti-corporate water people. The part of this bill that should concern any rural resident or land owner in Maine is;
"The working group shall develop the statutory and regulatory framework necessary for the establishment of the trust, including laws establishing the absolute control and dominion of the State, in the form of the trust, over all groundwater in the State".
Mainers currently own the water under their lots, the change this bill would work towards is a big deal.

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Good point and I agree with

Good point and I agree with you

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Rep. Mike Sylvester is in his

Here's the commie that introduced the bill:

Representative Michael A. Sylvester
District #39
Representing: Portland (part)

Rep. Mike Sylvester is in his first term in the Maine House of Representatives. He serves District 39 which includes the East End of Portland, Upper Bayside and many of the islands of Casco Bay. He lives on Peaks Island with his wife, three boys and their dog, Buttercup.
Sylvester grew up in Lewiston and received his degree from Bard College in NY. He worked as a Labor Organizer and Representative for nearly 20 years with the state workers’ union, the teachers’ union, the Newspaper Guild and, most recently, with the Justice for Janitors local in Boston. He now owns his own seasonal business on Peaks Island. He is a founding member of the Maine Democratic Socialists of America.

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Looks like another anti

Looks like another anti-Poland Spring bill.

BlueJay
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This goes way beyond the anti

This goes way beyond the anti-Poland Springs crowd.

More importantly, this is a property rights issue.

The bill sponsor's pedigree tells it all.

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question: If the state "owns

question: If the state "owns" the water above the surface, why would water that comes from aquifers (that reach far and wide) below the surface be any different?

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Good question. Common law

Good question. Common law tradition going all the way back. It won't be changed. A case can be made for regulation of aquifers because they are shared

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Bernie's boy in Maine.

Bernie's boy in Maine.

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