Fwd: CORRECTION ON LD NUMBER: CALL IN RE: LD 1772 and oppose weak restrictions on mining in Maine

My apologies on writing the wrong LD number. The correct number is 1772. 

AND THERE MAY BE A QUESTION ABOUT WHETHER A YES OR A NO VOTE OPPOSES CURRENT WEAK RESTRICTIONS. HERE IS WHAT IS ON THE WEB SITE FROM THE NATURAL RESOURCES COUNCIL (which also sounds like a “no” vote opposes current weak restrictions, even tho Lew asks below to vote “yes” on LD 1772):

“Metal mining is one of the most dangerous industrial activities. The mining industry has a terrible record of destroying the environment, leaving town, and forcing the public to clean up the mess. We can’t let that happen in Maine. Please contact you legislators today and urge them to reject LD 1772, the proposed metal mining rules. Please personalize your comment by including your own concerns. Every letter and email makes a difference, and personalized letters and emails are strongest.”
If you are as confused/uncertain as I am, contact Lew at kingsburyk@hotmail.com.

Larry Dansinger
(207) 525-7776 or rosc@psouth.net

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From: Larry Dansinger <rosc@psouth.net>
Date: March 9, 2014 8:40:25 AM EDT
Subject: Support LD 1772 and oppose weak restrictions on mining in Maine

Please pass along to others in your group or area. Thanks.

From Lew Kingsbury re: mining rules being considered by the Maine Legislature’s committee on the Environment and Natural Resources:

By now you have all heard that the Environment and Natural Resources committee voted in support of a resolve that rejects the BEP provisionally adopted metallic mining rules. This resolve also moves the implementation of the new mining statute out to June 1, 2016. This will provide the BEP and DEP enough time to develop new rules that protect our environment, provide financial safeguards and stronger oversight. It was obvious to all, that legislators in an election year may not be willing to side with rules that among other things allow perpetual waste ponds and the allowance for the waste ponds to be transferred to taxpayer responsibility. We will be working hard to educate legislators on both sides of the isle on the importance of rejecting these rules.

The process from here on out is like any other bill. The resolve must pass both houses and be signed by the governor. If the governor vetoes the resolve it can only be overridden by a 2/3 majority vote in both houses. We must make a concerted effort to convince our lawmakers on both sides of the isle of the financial, environmental and safety reasons to vote yes to revise these terribly flawed rules. 
Below you will find a link providing contact information for all of the legislators in our state. Please take it as a personal responsibility to contact your friends and neighbors, discuss the impact of these new rules and contact as many legislators as you can. We have been given the chance to make this right….but it takes committed people like yourselves to make this happen.
Respectfully…and in solidarity
Lew Kingsbury
Pittston Maine
Email your state legislators and urge them to support rejection of the metallic mining rules by voting yes on LD 1772.
Call your state legislators and urge them to support rejection of the metallic mining rules by voting yes on LD 1772.

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