Woodland residents allege potato waste turned their water orange

WOODLAND, Maine — Maine agricultural officers are investigating whether or not a Woodland Choose Board member allowed fertilizer to be unfold too near neighboring properties, allegedly tainting residents’ water provides.

Diane Stubbs and Merton and Sharon Pete allege that Thomas Drew, who owns a dairy farm on Woodland Heart Street and serves on the small Aroostook County city’s Choose Board, allowed the Washburn-based firm Penobscot McCrum to dump potato waste from its processing plant onto Drew’s property on Aug. 18.

Stubbs and the Petes declare that the potato waste crossed over to their properties on Langley Street and obtained into their properly techniques, turning the water orange and making it unsafe to drink.