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Tim Caverly: Protecting Paradise

Tim Caverly was a ranger with the Maine Department of Conservation for 32 years. During his last 18 years with the department, he was Regional Supervisor for the Allagash Wilderness Waterway. In trying to preserve the wilderness character of the Allagash, Tim ran...

PEERMail: Bad Actors Abound

We are working hard to prevent the Trump Administration from weakening our federal agencies and turning them into highly politicized autocracies. Almost every day brings a new challenge. On April 17th, we called on DOI’s Inspector General to investigate the illegal...

MAINE SENATOR MAKES A HABIT OF BULLDOZING

Washington, DC — The July 4th incident in which Maine Senator John Martin bulldozed and cut trees in the Allagash Wilderness Waterway corridor is just the latest example of a long pattern of activity, according to Public Employees for Environmental...

ATV TRAIL MASTER CHARGED WITH ILLEGAL LOGGING

Millinocket, ME —Trail Master Phillip LeBoeuf of the Red River Ryders ALL Terrain Vehicle (ATV) club of Winterville has been charged with unlawful cutting of trees on privately owned land in the Town of Eagle Lake, according to information released today by...

LURC COMMISSIONER’S VIOLATIONS REMAIN UNRESOLVED

Millinocket, ME — Contrary to agency assurances, James Nadeau, Commissioner of the Land Use Regulation Commission (LURC), still has unresolved penalties under the very laws he is supposed to be administering, according to agency documents released today by Maine...

LAND USE VIOLATIONS BY LURC COMMISSIONER STILL OPEN

Millinocket, ME – James Nadeau, a member of the Land Use Regulation Commission (LURC), still has pending enforcement actions involving him under the very laws he is supposed to be administering, according to agency documents released today by Maine Public...

NEW LURC COMMISSIONER HAS HISTORY OF VIOLATIONS

Millinocket, ME — The newly appointed Commissioner for the Land Use Regulation Commission (LURC) managed towns that received multiple citations for violating the laws he will now be administering, according to documents released today by Maine Public Employees...

LURC EMPLOYEE RESIGNS IN PROTEST

Millinocket, MAINE–An enforcement specialist with the Land Use Regulatory Commission (LURC) stepped down Monday, charging that the agency managers consistently impede investigations and sidestep environmental laws, according to his resignation letter released...

LATEST LURC SETTLEMENT IS “LAST HURRAH” FOR ENFORCEMENT

Millinocket, Maine–When the Land Use Regulatory Commission (LURC) decides whether to ratify a civil settlement with Clayton Lake Woodlands today, it may be the last major enforcement action the agency is able to see through, according to Maine Public Employees...

JUNKYARD OWNER THREATENING STATE INSPECTORS

Turner, ME – The owner of a junkyard on the Nezinscot River illegally threatened Department of Environmental Protection inspectors with violence, according to a petition filed today by Maine PEER.The organization is asking the Androscoggin County District...

BUREAU OF PARKS AND LANDS REVERSES STANCE ON LAW ENFORCEMENT

Augusta,ME — The Bureau of Parks and Lands (BPL) has reversed an earlier effort to remove law enforcement authority from park staff and is now scheduling law enforcement training for park rangers and managers. Beginning in September, park personnel are scheduled...

LURC REVOKES ALLAGASH BRIDGE PERMIT

Augusta – In a surprise move, the Maine Land Use Regulation Commission (LURC) has revoked permission for a logging company to replace a wooden bridge with a new steel- reinforced span in the heart of the Allagash Wilderness Waterway. The reversal resulted from a...

STATE DIRECTOR LEAVING THE LAND USE REGULATION COMMISSION

Augusta, ME – Citing the impending departure of Land Use Regulation Commission (LURC) director John S. Williams, Maine PEER is calling for a sorely needed assessment of the agency’s effectiveness in enforcing the law. Recent developments, including...

ENVIRONMENTAL AGENCY MISHANDLED TOXIC MATERIALS

Augusta. . . Improper storage of hazardous wastes by Maine’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) created health risks for their own employees, according to agency documents released today by Maine Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (Maine...

SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT REACHED IN ALLAGASH WHISTLEBLOWER CASE

Fired Allagash Wilderness Waterway Supervisor Tim Caverly has accepted a settlement agreement from the Maine Department of Conservation, announced Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) today. In June, 1999 Department of Conservation Commissioner...

MAINE WILDERNESS UNDER ATTACK

Millinocket. . .The Allagash Wilderness Waterway is threatened by increasing political pressure to develop, and rangers are being hampered from enforcing environmental rules, according to a report released today by Maine Public Employees for Environmental...

LAW ENFORCEMENT BREAKDOWN IN STATE PARKS

Millinocket – Maine State Park managers are denied the tools they need to address serious visitor safety and other law enforcement problems, according to a survey of permanent and seasonal managers and rangers released today by Maine Public Employees for...

LATE CHARGES WAIVED FOR REP. MARTIN

The Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands has waived late fees for Representative John Martin despite repeated threats to cancel his camp lease, according to documents released today by Maine PEER.Representative Martin leases a lot from the Bureau of Public Lands in T16R6...

STATE CAMP ENDS UP IN HANDS OF STATE LEGISLATOR

Millinocket – As a result of a property giveaway, a state-owned camp is being used by a Maine state legislator who has failed to pay tax assessments, according to documents released today by Maine Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (MainePEER)....