The Coastal Packet: Down East Notes

Friday, March 13

Down East Notes

Fight over taxing bottled water companies

Nestlé (Poland Spring brand) gives more campaign contributions to our politicians than any other corporation. 

Voters in Solon recently moved to become the first town in Maine to ban fracking for oil. A one-year moratorium was adopted by a clear majority in a show-of-hands vote at the annual town meeting. The intent of the moratorium is to protect Solon’s water resources, although there are no known oil and gas deposits in the state, and the state geologist maintains that the local terrain is unsuitable for fracking.

 Sun Journal -  The Legislature’s watchdog committee will be asked Friday to launch an investigative audit of the Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority, the group that oversees passenger rail service between Boston and a number of southern Maine communitiesDemocratic Sen. Stan Gerzofsky of Brunswick says he has received numerous complaints from constituents about the authority — and the Brunswick-to-Boston Amtrak Downeaster service it oversees — ranging from late trains to poor track maintenance.

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