Jan 28, 2015

Who Guards the Guardians of natural Maine?

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? is a phrase of the 1st century AD Roman poet Juvenal from his 6th Satire. "Who will guard the guards themselves?" he worried. 

 Below, listen to a January 26, 2015 Pen Bay Report interview  of one of those guardians of the guards: Kyla Bennet, New England director of  Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility. (Five mp3s)
.When it comes to Nature, PEER  fights for the right of honest officials at all levels of environmental  & conservation governance to enforce the laws, rules and ordinances that protect the air we breathe, the water we drink, the land we walk upon and the myriad organisms that share our natural world with us
Part 1, Introduction to PEER 10 minutes
Part 2.  PEER on the Cape Wind project. 4 minutes
Part 3. PEER & Maine. Sears Island to DEP under Aho. 11 minutes 
Part 4. PEER, Municipal & Native American govts, to End. 5min sec.

Learn how Bennett and others protected Sears Island from Angus King and the Allagash Wilderness Waterway from then-legislatorJohn Martin's dirty politics in the 1990s,  How they braved the furious slings and arrows of well meaning green energy supporters, by standing up for government bird scientists whose warnings of very high density seasonal bird migrations through the area proposed for the Cape Wind  project off Cape Cod were being suppressed;  

PEER is presently hearing from  oppressed staff of Maine's Department of Environmental Protection,  that life under petroleum industry lobbyist turned Maine DEP commissioner Patricia Aho, is in the words of one of them  "A living hell".

We've got global warning enough without DEP rules going up in smoke adding to it. PEER fights for the right of honest officials at all levels of environmental governance to enforce the laws, rules and ordinances that protect the air we breathe, the water we drink, the land we walk upon and the myriad organisms that make up our natural world.

1 comment:

Peter Taber said...

Kyla Bennett has the enduring respect of everyone in Maine who cares about protecting our natural environment. Her courage years back as an EPA staffer in standing up to the absurd official claim there were hardly any wetlands on unspoiled Sears Island made all the difference in keeping the largest undeveloped island on the East Coast that yet remained in publc hands from falling into the clutches of corporate industrial adventurers. We all owe her a big thank you for this as well as for her other service including leading the New England division of PEER.