|DMR's Kohl Kanwit|
Hosted by DMR public health director Kohn Kanwit, the speakers from Army Corps and DEP asserted ignorance of the Searsport "channel widening project and wandered over the well trodden ground of dredging basics.DMR's Denis Nault, too, focused his presentation to non-local dredgery. Here are MP3s of each speaker and of the Q&A session.
1. Introduction by Kanwit and Army Corps Mike Walsh 18min
2. Maine DEP John Cullen 5min 25sec
3. Maine DMR Denis Nault 12 min 25sec
4. Question and Answer 1 10min 15sec
5. Question and Answer 2 6min 30sec
6. Question and Answer 3 8min 47sec //
7. Question and Answer 4 to end 7min 55sec
8. Walsh says Searsport dredge not on meeting off topic 14sec
|Mike Walsh, Army Corps of Engineers|
Instead, Army Corps' Mike Walsh professed ignorance of the Searsport project and did an 18 minute "all about dredging" powerpoint snoozer.
Then DEP's John Cullen stepped up to the plate. Mercifully brief, Cullen also informed the audience that he knew nothing about the Searsport megadredge and, like Walsh rambled on with generalities about dredge permit reviewing basics.
Cullen was followed by DMR's Denis Nault, who frittered away 12
|DMR's Denis Nault|
Other officials lurked in the audience, occasionally popping up to add their two cents.
|Jay Clement, Army Corps of Engineers|
DMR attorney Meredith Mendelson popped up toward the end and unhelpfully brushed aside citizen concerns raised about the cumulative impacts of industrialization on the upper bay and lower river that the dredge project would induce.
|Meredith Mendelson, DMR|
Mendelson seems to believe that because the project had gotten its earliest approvals years ago,and indudstrial interests favored it, it was a done deal. Too late to divert the mammoth project an inch from its projected course. Admirably informed in fishery management, it appears that she needs a refresher course on Maine Site Law.
Several members of the audience spoke out.
Ron Huber of Friends of Penobsot Bay agreed and further criticized the DMR and MDEP for ignoring the cumulative impacts law.Vivian Newman of South Thomaston, and several others also spoke up.