The intrigue continues...Maine's governor and legislature slide helplessly into civil war over integrity of environmentalists on the Joint Use Committee, who suddenly seem unwilling to honor their committment to "appropriate" port development on Sears Island
Which branch of Maine government has the final decision over the island splitting proposal? The Governor, says Baldacci's office. JUPC is my creature. I trust the greenies. But wait.....'We don't trust 'em, says the Legislature's Transportation Committee co-chair Senator Dennis Damon. No green payoff until AFTER a port is fully approved.
Speaking in indignant response to the legislators, three land trust executives cry out Hold on there! This is a done deal! Give us our pound of island flesh first! Trust the Trusts!
Maine's conservative blogosphere warns of a: "Baldacci Ready to Roll Over for Enviros on Sears Island Port" What type of roll? "Baldacci wants to sign off on the easement and leave the port deal to the whims of enviro lawsuits."
(Indeed, legal knives can be heard sharpening, as both shade-tree enviromental advocates and Big Green Law Firms gear up in anticipation of exploiting this target-rich environment. The many litigation-worthy and appeal worthy legal blunders that MDOT and its Committee of Fifty have committed, but tried to brush aside, in the course of their three year drive to get Sears Island divided, are now ripe for litigation.)
Who is correct in this struggle over the people's public property? Read the below article and be amazed:
Action on Sears Island sought
Baldacci questions committee’s delay
By George Chappell BDN Staff 11/22/08
AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. John Baldacci remains committed to a “positive and productive future for Sears Island,” his office said Thursday.
“The governor believes that the Joint Use Planning Committee's Final Report struck an important balance and is disappointed that the Transportation Committee decision effectively undermined the agreement, rendering it inoperable,” said Joy Leach, deputy director of communications for the Governor's Office.