VOTERS and NON-VOTERS WELCOME

One week from tonight, Wednesday Oct 1, is the special Bristol Town Meeting.  Please mark your calendar now and encourage folks you know to attend.
 
We encourage people to vote “NO” on the Citizens Petition and to vote “YES” on the Shoreland Zoning Ordinance.  Both votes will strengthen our options and protections regarding the cable coming across the bay and connecting to the mainland.

Registered voters only are permitted to vote.  Anyone can attend the meeting, however registered voters are given colored cards for the voting process.

Please help spread the word and encourage EVERYONE to attend.

 

Update on Last Night - and Time to Act

Dear Friends,

One week from tonight, Wednesday Oct 1, is the special Bristol Town Meeting.  Please mark your calendar now and encourage folks you know to attend.
 
We encourage people to vote “NO” on the Citizens Petition and to vote “YES” on the Shoreland Zoning Ordinance.  Both votes will strengthen our options and protections regarding the cable coming across the bay and connecting to the mainland.
 
Last night, UMaine representatives were at a very odd meeting in which they were asked to update people on the project and to answer questions.  A few things that were said that may be of interest, followed by a thought from me:
 
1.  The current plan is for the cable to land on the west side of Long Cove Point, though other options are being looked at including paying private property owners for the rights to access their property.  (Does this mean they are planning on landing on the small beach as that is town property?)
 
2.  There is a 150 foot exclusionary zone on both sides of the cable.  (Given how narrow Long Cove is, does this mean there will no longer be any lobstering allowed in Long Cove?)
 
3.   The cable has to be connected to the grid because the power needs to be sold to help pay for the project. (Last Spring UMaine said that the power had to be connected only because it needed to be dispersed somewhere.)
 
4.  UMaine will provide for free for of the power needs of Monhegan - 10% of the power generated by the turbines.  (If the power is really needed to pay for the project, are they really going to give away 10%?  Perhaps that’s why some Monhegan residents were leary when they were told they would be provided the power if UMaine “could afford it.”)
 
5.  When the wind isn't blowing, power for Monhegan will be provided by the mainland. (Thus, there is no plan to store power on the island.)
 
6.  When asked about the planned cable for the Statoil project, the answer back was “We aren’t aware.”  (While general knowledge is that it was a north-south planned cable, not east-west and was therefore much less controversial.)
 
As a matter of fact, at least 6 times, in response to simple and straightforward questions, the answer back was "I don't know" or "I don't have that information with me." 
 
It was a befuddling meeting.
 
Our newspaper ad will be published today; postcards will be mailed before the weekend.
 
Please keep spreading the word for people to come on Wed Oct 1 at 7 PM at the Bristol Consolidated School.  Your vote, and your presence, matters.

Andrew

What Happened at Monday's Meeting

Our thanks to everyone who attended Monday's meeting.  I found the conversation very helpful....thank you.

For those who weren't able to join us, we talked at length about our approach to the upcoming town meeting.  We then had a very productive work session, stamping and adding labels to just under 1200 postcards that will go out to Bristol folks shortly before the Oct 1 special town meeting. 


If you have any questions, or would like additional information, please shoot me an email.  We'll be sure to keep you all posted.

PS. We've gotten permission to hang our large banner on the side of the post office in Chamberlain.  That should catch the eye of folks driving by!

 

Meeting Tonight (Monday) and Latest News Article

Dear Friends,

Our next meeting is tonight, Monday Sept 8 at 7 PM at the New Harbor Methodist Church. As you can see below, the project is still moving forward. Per a Saturday article in the Bangor Daily News:

"By 2017 or 2018, Dagher hopes to have two full-size turbines off Monhegan Island for further testing before stretching the technology into commercial use. Significant legwork still is required to secure financing — somewhere between $100 million and $150 million — and iron out the engineering and logistics of the project, he said."


You can find the entire article by clicking here.

We hope you'll join us tonight.

Monhegan Balloon Test and Next FOMB Meeting

Yesterday morning (Thu, Sept 4) , there was a balloon visual test held off of Monhegan Island.  Sadly, little notice was given for anyone to give it a look. Take a look  at the only poster put up on the Island:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Friends-of-Muscongus-Bay/693964757333208

What are they trying to hide?

Our next FOMB meeting is Monday night, September 8 at 7 PM at the New Harbor Methodist Church.  The plan is to talk about how we will get folks to show up for the special town meeting in Bristol on Wednesday Oct 1 at 7 PM to vote for the Citizens Petition that would prohibit the landing of the proposed cable connection to the test site.  We will also put together the postacard mailing to go out to area residents. 

Please join us.

Our request to review the status of the test site

Dear Friends,

As we discussed at our last meeting... We have just sent a letter requesting a review of the status of the Monhegan Island test site, co-signed by Steve Kress of the National Audubon Society and Rock Alley of the Maine Lobstermen's Union. You can find a copy by clicking here.

If you have any thoughts, comments or questions, please let me know.  Our next FOMB meeting is Monday, Sept 8 at 7 PM.  Please plan on joining us.

Thanks!
 

Thank you/Save The Dates

Thanks to everyone who attending Monday night's meeting.  It was great to be able to catch up on how things are moving forward.  As the story goes, slow and steady wins the race...

While I will be sending out a more specific note soon regarding some strategic actions we are taking, I did want to ask you to please hold two important dates:  Monday Sept 8 at 7 PM will be our next FOMB meeting.  At that meeting, we will finalize our mailing and strategy for getting people out to the special Bristol Town meeting, which is now scheduled for Wednesday October 1 (time to be determined).  As our petition will be voted on at that meeting, it is essential that we galvanize people to attend.

Please mark your calendars now.  More information coming soon. In the meantime, hope you are all enjoying these great days of summer.
 

Monthly Meeting Tonight!

Morning.

I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful 4th of July.  Thanks to Mike, Martha and everyone who participated in the Round Pond Parade and helped to get the word out.  (You can find some great pictures on our facebook page!)

Our monthly meeting is tonight, Monday July 7, at 7 PM at the New Harbor Methodist Church.

Also, if you are interested in seeing what the folks from UMaine had to say directly when they were recently here in Bristol, you can view the meeting at http://fomb.us8.list-manage.com/track/click?u=7260316b678e0ec9845bd54db&id=7186af4e39&e=36e61df737 .

Hope to see you tonight.

All the best,

Andrew
 

Univ of Maine Folks Visit Bristol Tomorrow

I trust you are enjoying this amazing day.  Just wanted to remind you that representatives of UMaine will be here in Bristol tomorrow, Monday night June 23, at the Town Hall at 6 PM.  It would be great if there were lots of folks there to ask questions.  (Regretfully, I can't be.)

If you'd like a look at the slides that were used for their Monhegan meeting last week, they can be found at http://fomb.us8.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=7260316b678e0ec9845bd54db&id=6afb7c6918&e=36e61df737  Might be nice to review them prior to the meeting.

We will also post a link to a recording of the Monhegan meeting as soon as it becomes available and will put out another update after Monday's meeting.

More soon - and thanks!

Andrew