Environment

  • Opinions flow at water ordinance hearing

    Opinions flow at water ordinance hearing

    ELLSWORTH — Nearly two dozen advocates and opponents — environmentalists, attorneys and unorganized territories camp owners among them — argued Feb. 7 over a proposed ordinance to protect water by prohibiting construction of an East-West highway in the unorganized territories. The venue was a special meeting of the Hancock County Commission. An East-West highway (one

  • Trout Unlimited meeting scheduled in Ellsworth Feb. 20

    Trout Unlimited meeting scheduled in Ellsworth Feb. 20

    ELLSWORTH — Georges River Trout Unlimited will host a Downeast Chapter meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 20, at Pat’s Pizza in Ellsworth. Jacob van de Sande, land protection project manager for Maine Coast Heritage Trust, will give a presentation at 7 p.m. titled “H2O – Headwaters to Ocean, Maine Coast Heritage Trust Rivers Initiative.” The talk

  • Dam owner contests cap on water levels

    ELLSWORTH — It’s all a matter of perspective. Last November, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a 400-plus-page draft environmental assessment for the application by Black Bear Hydro Partners LLC to renew its license to operate a hydroelectric project with two dams on the Union River. One is in downtown Ellsworth and impounds Leonard

  • City Council to hear proposal on plastic bag ban

    City Council to hear proposal on plastic bag ban

    ELLSWORTH — Ellsworth residents are taking steps to join at least 19 communities, including Bar Harbor, Blue Hill and Belfast, that have regulated single-use plastic bags. At a City Council meeting on Feb. 11, members of the Ellsworth Green Action Team (EGAT) will present a draft ordinance that would ban single-use carryout plastic bags at

  • Fiberight plant still on track for April

    Fiberight plant still on track for April

    ELLSWORTH — Twenty-three municipalities in Hancock County that belong to the Municipal Review Committee (MRC) are reluctantly taking their waste to landfills. By this summer, that should change. Fiberight’s long-delayed Coastal Resources of Maine waste processing plant in Hampden plans to open its doors for the first time this spring. “The bottom line is that

  • Coastal Recycling shutting its doors

    Coastal Recycling shutting its doors

    HANCOCK — As the market for recyclables dries up, it’s become increasingly difficult to make money off glass bottles, aluminum cans and cardboard boxes. As a result, there’s one fewer recycling option in the county. Hancock-based nonprofit Coastal Recycling will be closing. Coastal Recycling, which serves five towns, will stop accepting waste material after April