Orland. Maine Sierra Club is responding to critics of the Club's support for the state plan to divide Sear Island into a port zone and a conservation buffer by agreeing at the last minute to join a debate with them.
Kenneth Cline, Maine Sierra Club's conservation chair, and professor of environmental law at College of the Atlantic, will take on representatives of Fair Play For Sears Island, a Searsport-based group that favors leaving the island in its current natural undeveloped state. Cline is part of the Maine chapter's leadership.
The radio debate is will be held on Thursday, June 5, 10-11am. WERU Community Radio. All are welcome to call in with their questions, facts and opinions. The toll free number is 1-866-625-9378. Local call in number is 469-0500. WERU also streams live on the web at www.weru.org Listen to the debate live. and call in.
Critics including members of their own group locally, Atlantic Canada Sierra Club members, and as far away as California (mp3 audio of Tom Politeo, interviewed by Ron Huber, Penobscot Bay Report, WRFR COmmunity Radio ).
There the Sierra Club strongly opposes new container ports due to their massive air pollution discharges and habitat destruction that come with them.
Details & Background about the Sears Island controversy:
Penobscot Bay Blog
Fair Play for Sears Island
1990s Sears Island struggle details
2004 Sears Island LNG plan FOIA documents
MDOT-Maine Coast Heritage Trust proposed deal dividing up the island
Coverage of May 26 anti-port 'funeral' on Sears Island
Maine Sierra Club
Sears Island 1990s news archive