Wolfden Pickett Mountain Mine Public Hearing
The Wolfden Pickett Mountain Mine Public Hearing will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, October 23, 2023, at the Cross Insurance Center, 515 Main St., Bangor, ME
NRCM will be holding a rally beginning at 5:15 in the hour preceding the public hearing.
We encourage tribal members to attend the public hearing as well as the rally, to voice their concerns. This mine would be located near Mt Chase, Maine, and could effect the water quality of several water ways in the area. Acid mine drainage has a significant history of destroying streams and aquatic life. Acid mine drainage is extremely difficult to control and is very expensive to clean up. The potential waters that could be affected by this mine include 3 heritage brook trout ponds, several class A and AA streams and rivers, including the West Branch of the Mattawamkeag River and potentially the East Branch of the Penobscot, which both end up in the main stem of the Penobscot River. This would directly threaten the restoration of Atlantic salmon in the affected watersheds. The Penobscot River is the best chance at Atlantic salmon restoration throughout their range in the US.
Please reach out to [email protected] if there is any interest in submitting written comments or participating in the public hearing. We are working on providing transportation to the Cross Center for the October 23 hearing and would like a head count for that as well.