CONTACT: Sandi Howard
Today the Portland Press Herald released a feature highlighting CMP/NECEC's plan to begin their unpopular and destructive corridor project prematurely, "despite ongoing court challenges and a pending voter referendum." These court challenges include a request for a stay, a challenge of the illegitimate lease to cross public lands without legislative approval and appeals of the DEP permit in Maine and Army Corp of Engineers permit in federal court in Boston. There is also still one federal permit and several municipal permits that have not yet been granted.
Here's a statement on this story by Sandi Howard, the leader of the No CMP Corridor PAC:
"It's telling that the only way Mainers can get accurate information about this project is through the courts. CMP's spokesperson lied to the reporter covering this story (see below) just as they have lied to Mainers about nearly every aspect of this for-profit project.
"For CMP to begin this project now is a slap in the face to the people of this great state, and to be clear, it changes absolutely nothing about the necessity for a referendum on the project this coming November. The decision to break ground now is a calculated risk CMP has chosen to take, and once Mainers finally have the chance to vote, their foreign stakeholders will pay dearly for it."
Excerpt from the story:
A spokesman for the company subsequently conveyed to the newspaper – inaccurately – that no exact date had been set, but work would start “in the coming weeks.”