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BCM Exhibits at the Maine Agricultural Trades Show

 

BCM was on the road, exhibiting at the Maine Agricultural Trades Show, from January 9-11th.  The show, sponsored by the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, is an annual tradition that provides an incredible opportunity for everyone involved in the agricultural industry (from producers to consumers and everyone in between) to come together to learn about current programs and new technologies via lectures, courses, meetings, and fun exhibits.  BCM was thrilled to be a part of this year’s program. 

 

BCM Helps to Defeat the Northern Pass Project

The attorneys of BCM Environmental & Land Law, PLLC, representing the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, were successful in defeating the Northern Pass project at the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee.

The proposed project was seeking approval to construct a 192-mile transmission line from the Canadian border at the edge of the Great North Woods into the heart of the Merrimack Valley, which would have destroyed some of New Hampshire’s most treasured resources.  Almost three years since the filing of the petition, and after dozens of technical sessions and 70 days of hearings, the NH SEC unanimously voted 7-0 to deny a certificate of site and facility for the proposed project.

Click to see what the Concord Monitor, Union Leader, and InDepthNH had to say about the decision.

The Northern Pass Hearings: Post-Hearing Memos Filed by Intervenors

Nineteen Intervenors, including BCM attorneys representing the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, filed Post-Hearing Memos with the SEC.  The vast majority encourage regulators to reject the proposed Northern Pass project, citing the Applicant’s failure to meet the statutory requirements for approval.

In particular, the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, in its 203-page memo drafted by the BCM team, states that the project would “pervasively and permanently scar the northern two thirds of our state with towers and transmission lines that cut through unique forest ecosystems and rise well above the tree canopy.”

Click to see what InDepthNH.org, New Hampshire Public Radio, the Concord Monitor, and the Union Leader had to say about the Post-Hearing Memos.

The Northern Pass Hearings: Wetlands Disturbed by Northern Pass May Never Be Restored

At the December 21st adjudicative hearings, BCM attorney Amy Manzelli, representing the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, presented testimony to the SEC questioning the methodology used by Northern Pass to determine the proposed project’s impact on wetlands.

Click to read more from InDepthNH.org and New Hampshire Public Radio.

Northern Pass at the SEC

The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, represented by the BCM team, works to protect the unique beauty that is New Hampshire.  To that end, the Forest Society has actively opposed the Northern Pass project at every regulatory avenue.  To stay up-to-date with all the latest Northern Pass news, check out the Forest Society’s website.

BCM Attorneys Help to Write the Book for NH Farmers

 

BCM Attorneys Amy Manzelli, Jason Reimers, and Stephen Wagner, in collaboration with the UNH Cooperative Extension, have “written the book” for NH farmers.  The Legal Guide for New Hampshire Agricultural Producers has 15 chapters that cover labor and employment law; business structures; tax laws; interstate commerce; laws surrounding the sales of foods and organic certification; milk regulations; regulations involving animal health and meat and poultry processing; municipal laws; zoning; and more.

The Legal Guide for New Hampshire Agricultural Producers (2017) can be viewed or downloaded by clicking here.

Beth Boepple Volunteers with Legal Food Hub

BCM Attorney Beth Boepple was a featured attorney in the Maine Law Journal’s special farm and food law insert highlighting her pro bono legal services to farmers through the Conservation Law Foundation’s Legal Food Hub program. Beth assists farmers with a variety of legal issues, including entity formation, real estate purchases and leases, and land use issues.

The Sun Shines at the Farm at Eastman’s Corner

On November 9, Attorney Kelsey Peterson toured the Solar Installation at The Farm at Eastman’s Corner in Kensington, New Hampshire with the New Hampshire Chapter of NEWIEE, New England Women in Energy & the Environment, and ReVision Energy.

The Farm at Eastman’s Corner is a sustainability-minded, year-round NH farm and marketplace committed to supporting local farmers and food producers. The NEWIEE group learned about residential and commercial solar energy installations and toured the facility’s behind-the-scenes power system.

NEWIEE has a goal to foster a dynamic and enthusiastic environment for women all over New England and those who care about energy and environmental issues in order to encourage the development of creative solutions to energy and environmental issues.

Jason Reimers Works to “Keep the Whites Wild”

BCM attorney Jason Reimers,  has been hard at work on behalf of a local conservation group, Keep the Whites Wild, to protect and maintain the natural beauty of New Hampshire’s highest peak.  Jason has been working with the group to oppose a recently-built but unpermitted snowcat road to the summit.

To learn more, check out the Union Leader, Berlin Daily Sun, and InDepthNH articles about the road.

 

Beth Boepple’s Work as Chair of Portland Planning Board

All of our BCM attorneys find ways to give back to the communities they live and work in.  Beth Boepple shares her extensive knowledge of land use law with the City of Portland where she lives, by serving as Chair of the Planning Board.

Currently, the Portland Planning Board is considering an application for development at the former Rufus Deering Lumber Company site.  Click here to learn more about how Beth is working to safeguard the quality of life for Portland residents.