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BCM Retained by Grassroots Organization to Fight the Proposed NECEC Project in Maine

The BCM Environmental & Land Law team, led by Beth Boepple out of our Portland office, has been retained by the 4,200+ member grassroots group Say NO to NECEC to fight the 145-mile long Central Maine Power/AVANGRID New England Clean Energy Connect transmission line in the pending Maine regulatory proceedings.

Earlier this year, the BCM Team worked to help defeat the proposed Northern Pass project in New Hampshire and will be bringing that same skill set to protect the iconic landscapes of Maine against another utility company’s attempts at degradation.

Click here to learn more about BCM’s representation of Say NO to NECEC.

 

 

Amy Manzelli and Kelsey Peterson Attend NH Women’s Bar Association Fall Reception

Amy Manzelli and Kelsey Peterson attended the New Hampshire Women’s Bar Association’s 21st Annual Fall Reception on October 11, 2018 at the Concord Country Club.

The NHWBA promotes and supports the advancement and interests of women in NH’s legal community through leadership, professional interaction, education and the exchange of ideas between its members and the community.  The Fall Reception was a great chance for members to network with fellow attorneys and judges from across the state.  Members recognized and celebrated all that the NHWBA has accomplished in the past year.

 

 

BCM Sponsors NEWIEE NH Chapter’s Mentoring Circle

BCM Environmental & Land Law was pleased to be the networking and refreshment sponsor of the New England Women in Energy and the Environment (NEWIEE) NH Chapter’s Mentoring Circle which took place at Unitil’s offices in Hampton, NH on November 5, 2018.  This meeting was about “Tough Topics.”  Attendees worked in facilitated small groups to discuss the various “Tough Topics” that face women in the workplace on a daily basis – e.g. How to ask for a raise? How to work remotely and still grow your career? How to deal with inappropriate behavior in the work environment? And more!

 

 

Amy Manzelli Works to Protect Conservation Land from Vandalism in Acworth, NH

Amy Manzelli recently appeared before the Town of Acworth Board of Selectmen seeking their assistance in protecting a nearly 1,000-acre parcel of conservation land owned by the Raymond Roy Farm Trust.  Amy requested that the Town adopt a short-term management plan aimed at providing immediate protection from the various instances of vandalism that have been taking place on the property.  In the long term, Amy suggested that the parties work together to develop a realistic management plan that meets the intended goals of the original conservation easement.

Read more about Amy’s work on behalf of the Raymond Roy Farm Trust here.

 

Beth Boepple Appointed Board Chair of The Sustainability Lab

Elizabeth Boepple, Esq. recently agreed to take on the responsibilities of board chair for the non-profit The Sustainability Lab, new tenant and operating company for Fork Food Lab.  Fork Food Lab is a commercial kitchen space in Portland, Maine, available for business members to use on an hourly basis.  In essence, it’s an incubator space for food businesses.  Members are afforded access to kitchen equipment and supplies, as well as the opportunity to collaborate with fellow entrepreneurial foodies.  Click here to read more about this exciting new venture!

Kelsey Peterson Tours Metal Fabrication Plant with NEWIEE

On May 9, Attorney Kelsey Peterson toured Metheun Construction’s new 190,000 sf metal fabrication facility in Plaistow, New Hampshire, with the New Hampshire Chapter of NEWIEE, New England Women in Energy & the Environment.

With more than 50 years’ experience, Metheun Construction, Inc., has earned its reputation for excellence by delivering comprehensive construction services and innovative solutions to its clients.

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.

BCM Sponsors 2018 Lakes Congress

BCM Environmental & Land Law was proud to sponsor the NH Lakes Association’s 2018 Lakes Congress, which took place on May 31st and June 1st.  This year marked the 25th anniversary of the annual education, training, and networking event.  Lake stewards, lake management professionals, lake-related business leaders, NHDES officials, and municipal and political leaders all came together to exchange information, ideas and experiences, and introduce new approaches to help manage and protect New Hampshire’s lakes. The conference was a record-breaking success! It was sold-out and many of 203 attendees reported that the program was spectacular.

BCM Continues to Fight the Proposed Northern Pass Project

Amy Manzelli, Esq., in collaboration with the entire BCM team, representing the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, argued successfully against a Motion to Recuse two members of the Site Evaluation Committee filed by the Business Intervenor Group in the Northern Pass matter.  Amy asserted that the Group failed “to appreciate the difference between a decision-maker denying a motion for rehearing because the moving party failed to persuade her and a decision-maker who has predetermined the outcome prior to a hearing.”  The SEC has previously voted 7-0 to deny a certificate of site and facility for the proposed project.

Click here to read more.

Amy Manzelli Presents at Agritourism and Right to Farm Policy Summit

Photo courtesy of A.R. Braver.

Amy Manzelli shared her extensive Agritourism and Right-to-Farm knowledge with a full house at the Agritourism and Right to Farm Policy Summit sponsored by the Council of State Governments in Providence, Rhode Island on April 20-21, 2018. Amy discussed various issues that face northern New England agricultural professionals, including federal laws, local zoning and land use regulations, and the current legal trends regarding agritourism.  As always, Amy received rave reviews, as the attendees found her presentation to be informative and engaging.

 

BCM Attorneys Collaborate to Help Create the Farmland Access Legal Toolkit

Amy Manzelli and other BCM Attorneys have been working with Heyman Legal and the Vermont Law School Center for Agriculture and Food Systems (CAFS) to create the Farmland Access Legal Toolkit, which launched on March 8th.

The Toolkit is a free, web-based resource designed to provide legal tools to new farmers looking for land and retiring farmers ready to transfer land to a new generation.  BCM is proud of its collaborative efforts with CAFS and is looking forward to continuing to work with them to educate and inform farmers and other agricultural professionals well into the future.