DMR's Commissioner read a statement prepared by his Marine Policy Director Dierdre Gilbert suggesting that academic institutions and NGOs are the proper home of such a council, not state government.
DEP's Patty Aho complained in her letter that passage of the bill would require "significant Departmental resources and time which will take away from other important environmental programs."
However, she added: "[T]he structure proposed - a new Council - is not the most appropriate vehicle to carry these recommendations forward. There are several entities, including the University, and multiple NGO's, that have made this topic a focus of their work."
Maine Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Patty Aho said her agency "utilized approximately 200 hours of staff time to support the legislative Ocean Acidification Commission from August through December 2014."
"Without additional funding or resources," she said, "enactment of LD 493 will put a significant burden on the Department for managing existing programs while participating in this Council."
Representatives at the public hearing of that "coalition of groups with an interest in this topic" and others with a jaundiced view of the Lepage Admin's skill at "managing existing programs " frowned severely when they heard that.