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TO: MEMBERS OF THE MAINE WATER WELL COMMISSION
FROM: Edward Bowie, Chairman
date: MARCH 6, 2009
subject: Meeting Tuesday, MARCH 3, 2009
The next Commission
meeting will be held on Tuesday April 7, 2009 at
9:00 A.M., at the
AGENDA FOR APRIL MEETING
1. Approve the March 3, 2009 minutes
2. Discuss pending matters, complaints,
responses, application, etc.
3. New Business
4. Public Comments
Minutes of March 3, 2009 Meeting
Ed Bowie, Chairman
Dwight Doughty, DOT
Don Robbins, Public Member
Thomas Weddle, MGS
David Braley, DWP
Paul Gauvreau, AAG
Carol Champagne, Board Clerk
Dean Getchell, Inspector
Call to Order:
The Meeting was called to order at 9:10 AM.
Approval of February 3, 2008 meeting minutes:
Don Robbins motioned to accept the February 2009 minutes. Dwight Doughty 2nd the motion. Passed
David Braley presented the Commission with 2009, 2010, and 2011 budgets.
In the future the Commission may regulate Geo-Thermo wells.
Update on Complaints:
Ellen Paoletti - Dunham Well Drilling:
On hold until spring.
Fred Perry - Noble Smith:
The well installed by Perry has been abandoned. Closed
New Complaints: None
Specialty Well Applications:
Specialty Well Applications done in House”
Examinations Passed in January 2009:
Geo-Thermal: A bill has been introduced to the Legislature by the MGWA to give the Commission authority to regulate geo-thermal wells in the same way it currently regulates drinking water wells. License requirements, location and construction standards would be developed using rule making procedures.
Dean Getchell had questions concerning the inspection of geo-thermal wells. Some geo-thermal wells will be able to be inspected (standing column for example) and some won’t (DX). The inspections may include sampling for anti freeze and/or refrigerant leaking into groundwater.
DEP will continue to regulate the discharge of any bleed water or chemicals to the environment.
The Well Driller’s Commission would regulate location, design and construction of the well.
Dwight Doughty motioned to nominate Ed Bowie as the Commission Chairman for another term. Don Robbins 2nd the motion. Passed and accepted by Mr. Bowie.
DEP’s proposed well abandonment procedure. The Commission reviewed and discussed the DEP’s proposed well abandonment procedures and concurred. The Commission also wanted to thank DEP for the opportunity to comment on their procedure.
Mr. Bowie noted a need for schooling and educational opportunities for the well drilling trade. Many trades are using schools as a substitute for apprenticeships. The trade risks a future with a shortage of qualified tradesmen.
Drilling as a “family” run business is not as popular as it used to be.
Meeting Dates for 2009
January 6, 2009 July 7, 2009
February 3, 2009 August 4, 2009
March 3, 2009 September 1, 2009
April 7, 2009 October 6, 2009
May 5, 2009 November 3, 2009
June 2, 2009 December 1, 2009
Subject to change.
The next Well Drillers
Meeting will be: Tuesday April 7, 2009, at 9:00, Key Bank,
Meeting Adjourned 10:05 A.M.