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Maine Coastline Owners Protected From Commercial Seaweed Harvesting

May 16, 2019 Media Mentions

On May 16, 2019, the Island Institute published an article, "Seaweed Ruling Hinged on Property Rights, Definition of Plant." The article discusses the court ruling that owners of Maine's coastline are protected from unauthorized commercial seaweed harvesting within the intertidal zone of their shorefront property. It states that the Maine high court's decision to the U.S. Supreme Court is a possibility, but not likely. Environmental attorney Gordon Smith was quoted in the article, "I've heard talk of a petition to the U.S. Supreme Court, but there's no legitimate basis for the Supreme Court to hear an appeal."

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Beachfront Home Owners' Property Lines Present Challenges for Businesses

On April 22, Portland Press Herald published an article, "Lawsuit could settle debate over who owns Maine beaches between low- and high-tide lines," explaining that Maine's top court decided beachfront home owners own the...

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Environmental Compliance Audits

On February 26, environmental attorney Mat Todaro appeared on an episode of Amplify Your Process Safety, a process safety and risk management podcast. Co-host Rob Bartlett and Mat discuss how to audit your own...

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Verrill Helps Hancock Solar Project Obtain MDEP Permit, Protect Upland Sandpipers

The 14-megawatt Hancock Solar project in the town of Hancock, Maine has obtained its Site Law permit from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection. Verrill assisted the project with environmental permitting, which included the...

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Swift Current Energy

Verrill represents the 100-megawatt Three Rivers Solar Project in Hancock County, Maine. Verrill assists the project with real estate and environmental permitting work, including negotiation of a protocol to allow the project to proceed...

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Maine Legislature Adopts Major Revision to Its Net Energy Billing Program

On July 1, 2021, LD 936, An Act To Amend State Laws Relating to Net Energy Billing and the Procurement of Distributed Generation became law after Maine Governor Janet Mills allowed the legislatively enacted...

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Longroad Energy

Verrill represents Longroad Energy (“Longroad”) on its renewable energy work in Maine. Longroad is a Boston, MA-headquartered renewable energy company that develops and operates wind and solar energy projects throughout North America. Verrill has...

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Jim Cohen Interviews Maine Governor Janet Mills on “Eggs & Issues”

After two years as host of “Eggs & Issues,” the monthly business breakfast of the Portland Community Chamber of Commerce, Jim Cohen concluded his twentieth appearance with an hour-long interview of Maine Governor Janet...

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Verizon Wireless Proposes Cell Tower in Otisfield, ME

Verizon Wireless is seeking approval for a cell tower in Otisfield, Maine. On behalf of Verizon, attorney Scott Anderson filed the town application with Otisfield’s Planning Board in September of 2020. On January 28...

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Lawsuit Over Maine Beach Access

News Center Maine ran a news story, "Group files lawsuit over Maine public beach access," discussing that a group is suing property owners for beach access. The story explains that "Maine's tidal coastline is...

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Jim Cohen Appointed to Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority

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