Environment

  • Salmon farm planned for former Bucksport mill site

    Salmon farm planned for former Bucksport mill site

    BUCKSPORT – A Maine-based company, Whole Oceans, which describes itself as a land-based producer of sustainable farm-raised Atlantic salmon, intends to begin construction of an aquaculture plant this year at the former Verso mill site in Bucksport. Whole Oceans has signed a purchase and sale agreement with AIM Development, which owns the mill site, and

  • Dam license renewal process nearing conclusion

    Dam license renewal process nearing conclusion

    ELLSWORTH — On Dec. 30, 2015, Black Bear Hydro Partners applied to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for a new license for the hydroelectric facilities it operates on the Union River — the dams forming Graham Lake and Leonard Lake. Now the relicensing process is moving toward conclusion. The application was a significant step in

  • Minke whale deaths cause for concern

    Minke whale deaths cause for concern

    BAR HARBOR — The number of minke whale deaths between Maine and South Carolina in 2017 was more than twice the normal average, prompting the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to declare an unusual mortality event for the species. The declaration is in response to information collected from January 2017 to January 2018. NOAA

  • Report says changes ahead for New England’s forests

    Report says changes ahead for New England’s forests

    WINTER HARBOR — The years and decades to come could bring complex changes to New England’s forests, according to scientists. A new 246-page report issued by the United States Forest Service, a division of the Department of Agriculture, says that changing climate in New England will lead to milder winters and more precipitation. In turn,

  • Council adopts coral protection plan

    Council adopts coral protection plan

    ELLSWORTH — After years of debate, the New England Fishery Management Council last week took final action on new rules aimed at protecting deep-sea coral from damage by fishing gear. Meeting in Portsmouth, N.H., the council adopted its Omnibus Deep-Sea Coral Amendment and voted to submit the document to the National Marine Fisheries Service for

  • Bucksport town manager appointed to state environmental protection board

    Bucksport town manager appointed to state environmental protection board

    BUCKSPORT — Governor Paul LePage has appointed Bucksport Town Manager Susan Lessard to the Maine Board of Environmental Protection. Lessard announced the news at the Jan. 25 Bucksport Town Council meeting. “The Environment and Natural Resources Committee yesterday approved the nomination from the Governor and the Senate voted to confirm the nomination today,” Lessard said

  • Transition looms for state waste processing facilities

    ELLSWORTH — For those in the businesses of trash processing or running towns, the first few months of 2018 have been a long-awaited moment. March 31 of this year marks the end of the Municipal Review Committee’s (MRC) contract with Penobscot Energy Recovery Co. (PERC). MRC is an Ellsworth-based nonprofit comprised of 187 municipalities that