Environment: Maine Chance

Five years ago, after decades of stunted growth, Maine seemed poised on the edge of the American dream. Oil companies, hunting for ports to accommodate supertankers, were bidding to bring then" business to Maine's deep-water harbors. Land developers were revving up their bulldozers to push exurbia into rural Maine. Scores of urban-weary Americans were bringing skills and capital to Maine as they fled the megalopolis.

But at what cost such sudden prosperity? The question, which began as an ecological whisper, eventually rose to a roar as Maine residents took stock of their land...

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