Monday, 07 January 2019 22:13

Resolve formed to oppose offshore drilling

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BANGOR - Bangor city leaders are looking to join the fight against off shore drilling.


Some city leaders have been working to come up with a resolve, saying they oppose seismic blasting off the coast of Maine. Similar resolves have been formally passed in Belfast and Portland, and other areas along the east coast.


It was discussed at a committee meeting Monday night, after a recent rally in Bangor against offshore drilling that took place in November.


Councilors Clare Davitt and Sarah Nichols said the resolve is a response to the president's proposal to reconsider drilling policies and possibly expand along the Atlantic coast.


They said while Bangor is not along the ocean, this resolve is a way to be proactive.


"Penobscot River and this entire area is still reliant on the ocean even though it is not directly on the ocean," said council chair Nichols.


Davitt said this issue, "covers everything, it goes from people's employment, to the health of our community, to the health of our country."


Some councilors raised concerns through this process about passing a resolve that did not directly pertain to Bangor. Ultimately the Government Operations committee decided to move the resolve on to the full council, where it will be up for a vote at the next Bangor City Council meeting.


Kelly Mitchell

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Kelly Mitchell joined the news team in March of 2018. She grew up splitting her time between York, ME and Haverhill, MA, but her favorite childhood memories took place along the rocky coast of southern Maine. She's now e...