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How to Testify at a Public Hearing

There are two offshore wind bills that go to a public hearing before the Energy and Utilities Committee on Tuesday, May 4 at 12:30.

LD 101 (Rep. Faulkingham) would prohibit all OSW development in Maine state waters, including the Monhegan project. It will also try to prevent the state from permitting cabling OSW projects to shore.

LD 1619 (Governor Emergency Bill) is a 10-year moratorium on OSW development in state waters. The Monhegan Project from NEAV is exempted from this and it explicitly allows the state to continue to permit cables of federal OSW projects.


Here's how you can submit testimony:

  • Use THIS link to the Legislature website to upload written testimony.

  • Click on “public hearing”

  • Then “Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee”

  • Then “May 4 at 12:30 pm”

  • If you want to speak, click “I would like to present my testimony live.” (2-3 minutes is recommended)

  • You can also just upload written testimony.

  • Enter your name and contact info.

How to start your letter or testimony& how to get it done:


Senator Lawrence, Representative Berry, Distinguished Members of the Joint Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities, and Technology... I am writing/ I am here to ask for your support/ I am here to share my opposition of (insert bill)...

  • Keep it simple.

  • Clearly state your concerns and why you care about the Gulf of Maine.

  • Some data is good, but stories are also helpful to help convey a message.

  • Keep it under three minutes. While we all have lots to say, we want to make sure others get the chance to speak, and the committee is able to stay focused on what is being said.

  • Support each other! Speaking up in front of a crowd or on a Zoom is not easy.

  • This is stressful. Take deep breaths, drink lots of water, and I know it sounds silly but sometimes watching funny videos before doing something that makes you nervous can help boost confidence and ease anxiety. (Here are some funny videos of people trying to back up boat trailers.)

Resources:

Contacts:

monique@mainecoastfishermen.org

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