Latest Legal Action
August 12, 2021
Our attorneys have raised the heat on Belfast city councilors after their 5-0 vote last week in favor of condemning Jeffrey and Judith’s property rights to the mudflats Nordic needs to cross with its pipelines. This is the first time that a Maine municipality has tried to use its power of eminent domain to take a taxpayer’s land for the benefit of another private interest.
We cannot allow this to happen!
Monday afternoon, August 16th, the Friends of Harriet L Hartley and Upstream Watch legal teams filed for a preliminary injunction against the City of Belfast. At the same time, the combined legal team also filed a complaint against the City, seeking damages caused by the eminent domain action.
After the Council’s public hearing on Thursday, August 12th, several council members said the comments for and against the eminent domain decision were “50/50.” But - here are the numbers. Out of 110 comments, either written, called in, or presented in person, 98 were opposed to the Council's action. Heartfelt thanks to all of you who spoke up.
We'll keep you posted....And should you want to see the official filings, here are the links:
Preliminary Injunction Eminent Domain Complaint
Our Day In Court ... Update
"He said, he said." Which Surveyor Got It Right?
On Tuesday, June 22nd FHLH took the legal battle against Nordic Aquafarms (NAF) into the courtroom. The plaintiffs - homeowners Mabee/Grace and FHLH - put their case first. Early in Day 1 of the 3-day trial it became clear that the crux of the contest was one question: Which surveyor will Judge Robert Murray believe?