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CMP project faces delays and hurdles

After the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals halted CMP’s Construction in segment 1 of the environmentally destructive 154 mile transmission corridor known as NECEC, CMP shifted work to a portion of the corridor route previously disturbed by transmission lines and clearing. CMP’s strategy appears to be to get as much work done as possible while their permits are in effect to gain “vested rights” all while Environmental groups and our clients represented by Beth Boepple, continue fighting to over-turn the permits on appeal. If successful, CMP could be ordered to remove what they’ve built and restore the clear cut areas. Another hurdle CMP faces is a voter referendum, which, if passed by the voters, will require legislative approval for any power line longer than 50 miles, including the NECEC. 

Read more in the Portland Press Herald here.

NHANRS 2021 Annual Conference

Attorney Jason Reimers spoke at the 2021 New Hampshire Association of Natural Resource Scientists (NHANRS) Conference on January 29th. This is the second year that Jason has covered the topic of ethics at this conference.

Read more about the conference and the NHANRS here.

Bennington, NH Farm Transferred to Younger Generation

Recently, Amy Manzelli helped young couple, Jenn and Karl Comeau, in all aspects of taking over ownership of Stone Barn Butcher and Horizon Farm in Bennington, New Hampshire, now called Hilltop Bottom Farm. BCM has always been passionate about helping with generational transfers of farmland, transfers  like these allow the younger generations to carry on age old skills and provide meat and produce to the local community. COVID-19 resulted in nationwide food shortages, shedding light on the importance of local agriculture. The previous owners had the option of selling their land for development, but wanted to keep their 51 acres in agriculture. 

Read Jenn and Karl’s journey to farm ownership here

NECEC Project on Pause while Appeal is reviewed

Maine groups opposed to the New England Clean Energy Connect (NECEC) project successfully halted construction of segment 1 of the proposed corridor.  The 1st Circuit Court of Appeals granted the stay while the environmental groups and our clients, Say No to NECEC, are pursuing appeals of the project’s permits before the state Environmental Board and in the federal courts. While the Presidential Permit from the U.S. Department of Energy was granted on Thursday, the stay keeps at bay for now, the destruction of the environment in segment 1. 

Read more about the work our own Beth Boepple and our team are doing to fight this project in News Center Maine and the Sun Journal.

Largest Solar Array in New Hampshire

Attorney Amy Manzelli represents the Town of Fitzwilliam in connection with Chinook Solar’s project to construct a 30-Megawatt solar project, the largest solar array in New Hampshire to date. The New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee (SEC) has now granted a certificate for site and facility. The solar array is scheduled to be completed by the end of next year, and will supply enough energy to power over 7,000 homes.

Read more about the project here.

NECEC takes steps to clear corridor next week

Despite a pending appeal and a court request to Stay, Central Maine Power’s (CMP) New England Clean Energy Connect (NECEC) project began marking trees this week to begin clearing a 53-mile long and 54-foot wide corridor through Maine’s northwestern forest. Beth Boepple, representing a Maine group opposing the project: Say No to NECEC, filed a supplement to the Stay Motion saying “the imminence of construction and immediate and irreparable harm are now alarmingly real – next week Tuesday come the bulldozers, and the trees will be gone.”

Read the full article here

BCM donates Christmas Tree to ‘Trees for Troops’

Every year BCM receives a Christmas tree from The Rocks’ Christmas Tree Farm through our membership with the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests. This year, we donated our tree to the Trees for Troops program. 

Read more about the program here.

Jason Reimers represents Duncan Lake Road residents

Twenty-nine residents were represented at the Ossipee Planning Board meeting on November 17th. The residents are opposing the addition of a second gravel pit, which will increase the number of truck trips on Duncan Lake Road by at least 60 per day. The road is already in need of repair, and the current truck trips shake the residents’ houses.

Read more about the meeting here.

NHACC’s Annual Meeting is November 7th

 

Attorney Amy Manzelli will be speaking at the upcoming New Hampshire Association of Conservation Commission’s (NHACC) Annual Meeting. This meeting is the only one of its kind to be held state-wide, and will take place virtually this year from 8:00am to 12:00pm.

Find out more about the conference and how to register here.

Northern New England Agrarian Commons First Purchase: 104-acre Farm in Wales, Maine

 

Attorneys Beth Boepple and Amy Manzelli have been working with Agrarian Trust to establish an Agrarian Commons in each of the Northern New England states to support land access and tenure for the next generation of farmers. The Wales farm in Maine will be the first actual purchase. The Lewiston-based New Mainers group started a crowdfunding campaign a few months ago, raising $367,000 with the plan to raise the remainder of the asking price by December but have already reached their goal. The Little Jubba Central Maine Agrarian Commons will be purchasing the farm and leasing it to the Somali Bantu Community Association (SBCA). The SBCA represents around 3,000 Bantu refugees from Somalia who will find community, tradition, and the opportunity to farm sustainability in this farmland. 

Read more about this purchase here.