Tribe Protests Landfill Waste In Penobscot River

Oct 5, 2020

OLD TOWN, Maine — Members of the Penobscot Nation say a landfill is dumping waste into the Penobscot River.

Sunlight Media Collective — a grassroots media collective made up of indigenous people and affiliated journalists — contends the Juniper Ridge landfill is responsible for 1.3 million gallons of leachate that goes into the river each month.

The river has provided fish and sanctuary for the Penobscot Nation who feel like that has been taken from them.

Penobscot Elder Kathy Paul, who organized the water ceremony last week, said she just wishes they would stop.

Corrections: Sunlight Media Collective does not represent the tribe, and Kathy Paul organized a water ceremony, not a protest.