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I was born and raised in Orrington, on the banks of the Penobscot River. However, for the last four years I have been living in El Salvador and working in coordination with people who have struggled with blood, sweat and tears to stop gold, silver and copper mining projects from destroying their communities and country as a whole.
While lawmakers are rushing to decide on this legislation in the next week or two, our health, environment and livelihoods will be feeling the effects of a flawed, rushed decision for decades, if not centuries, to come. I am confident that if legislators take the time to research and debate this proposed legislation and to listen to the concerns of constituents, they will decide not to pass L.D. 1853.