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Beth Boepple Interviewed about Say No to NECEC Stay of Permits

Beth Boepple has been representing Say No to NECEC, a group of citizens, businesses, and towns in Maine opposed to Central Maine Power’s (CMP) NECEC (New England Clean Energy Connect) project. The proposed project would run a 145-mile transmission from Quebec, through Western Maine, to provide power to Massachusetts. On behalf of Say No, Beth filed a request with the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for a stay of the permits issued to CMP for NECEC.

Listen to the full interview here, find out more about opposition to the project by following Say No’s Facebook page, and access filings by visiting the DEP’s website.

BCM fights to protect 1997 forest-for-fields promise

In 1997 a compromise was made between the Derryfield School and the abutting neighbors; the school would get their soccer and softball fields as long as they also preserved 200-250 feet of the remaining forest between the fields and the neighboring homes. Now, twenty-three years later, the school plans to sell land, including this remaining forest, to a developer hoping to build 16 new homes. The promise from 1997 was disregarded since it’s not a forest but a “treed buffer”, and the subdivision was approved by the planning board. Attorney Amy Manzelli represents Stephen Frink, one of the abutting neighbors, in the fight to uphold the promise made to the residents on Coral Avenue.

Read more in the New Hampshire Union Leader along with letters written by each party here.

SBA Disaster Loan Program is Now Open to Agricultural Businesses

Additional funding is now available for farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural business affected by COVID-19. Through the Paycheck Protection Program and Healthcare Enhancement Act authorized by Congress and signed into law by the President, agricultural enterprises are now eligible for SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance Programs.

To find out if you qualify for an EIDL, follow the link for your state below:
Maine
New Hampshire
Vermont – free daily webinar from 9:00am – 10:00am (Monday – Friday)

To apply for the EIDL click here.

Agrarian Commons Launched on May 1st.

With the help of the BCM team, the Agrarian Commons has launched in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont, along with 7 other states across the country. The Agrarian Trust created this new model to support community-centered farm ownership and tenure. Protecting and supporting farms is more important now than ever due to the changing climate, habitat loss, and risks to our food security.

Find out more about the Agrarian Commons and help us support farm land and farmers here.

BCM Represents Claremont Residents in Opposition of Waste Transfer Facility

The proposed waste transfer facility would consist of demolition and construction and receive 150,000 tons of material per year, all being transported by truck through the City of Claremont. Around 70 residents attended the Claremont Zoning Board hearing on Monday, March 2nd to voice their concerns around the proposed facility. Some of these concerns were; road damage caused by roughly 50 trucks transporting material through the city on a daily basis, the potential hazardous material included in these shipments, and a negative impact on the city’s revitalization efforts. Attorney Amy Manzelli authored a letter to the Claremont Zoning Board on behalf of the Claremont residents voicing their collective concerns and identifying possible issues with the application submitted by American Recycling & Disposal. The hearing was concluded at 10:00pm with the board approving a regional impact study be performed to determine the proposed facility’s impact on neighboring communities.

Read more about Monday night’s hearing here.

26 Acres of Spring Brook Farm Protected through Farmland Easement

The previous owners of Spring Brook sold much of their land to the Town of Cumberland, and as a result the property was being considered for the Town’s new sand and salt shed. Jeff Storey, who has been working at Spring Brook Farm since high school, signed a lease with the retiring owners allowing him to continue operating the farm and market. However, the town’s proposal for new development inspired Jeff and the town residents to seek protection of the land. With the help of Attorney Beth Boepple, Jeff Storey now owns Spring Brook Farm and the 26 acres have been forever protected from any non-agricultural development.

Read more about the protection of Spring Brook Farm here.

Amy Manzelli Awarded NOFA-NH’s 2020 Leader of the Year

Individuals and organizations were recognized  at the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA)’s 2020 Winter Conference as being the best of the best in our organic farming community. Amy Manzelli has been serving on the NOFA-NH board for the last eight years and was awarded the 2020 Leader of the Year.

Read about the other award winners and more in the February edition of NOFA-NH’s E-Newsletter here.

Announcing the launch of Vermont’s Legal Food Hub

The Vermont Law School (VLS) together with the Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) announced the launch of the Vermont Legal Food Hub on January 22nd. Attorney Beth Boepple has been providing pro bono service to farmers and food producers through the Maine Legal Food Hub since 2014 and is excited to be doing the same in Vermont. Like the program in Maine, the Vermont Legal Food Hub will assist income-eligible farmers and food related business owners in finding an attorney that has volunteered to provide free legal services.

Read more in the VT Bar Journal and the Legal Food Hub’s website.

Jason Reimers speaks at the NH Association of Natural Resource Scientists Conference

Jason Reimers spoke about ethics in the natural resources profession at the annual conference of the New Hampshire Association of Natural Resource Scientists.  More than 125 scientists attended the conference on January 31, 2020.  In addition to discussing various hypotheticals with the group, Jason discussed his experience as Chair of the New Hampshire Bar Association’s Ethics Committee and as an Assistant Attorney General who worked with licensing boards to investigate complaints of ethical misconduct.

The Forest Society’s accomplishments in 2019

This end of the year slideshow briefly touches on the Forest Society’s accomplishments last year and emphasizes their mission “to perpetuate the forests of New Hampshire”. One such accomplishments is the final defeat of the Northern Pass; a proposed 192-mile transmission line that was to run from the Canadian border into the heart of the Merrimack Valley, which would have destroyed some of New Hampshire’s most treasured resources. The legal team at BCM Environmental & Land Law, PLLC, representing the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, led the charge in defeating the Northern Pass project at the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee.