CONTACT: Sandi Howard
No CMP Corridor's Response to Issuance of DOE Presidential Permit
Today, it was announced that the US Department of Energy issued a Presidential Permit to allow the construction of CMP's NECEC Corridor. Here are statements from Honorable Tom Saviello, the lead petitioner for the referendum, and Sandi Howard of No CMP Corridor.
"Today, I have written to our congressional delegation to raise my grave concerns with the way in which the Department of Energy (DOE) has handled the issuance of the presidential permit," said Tom Saviello. "In a November 2019 letter to Senator Susan Collins, DOE said that while they typically provide a 15-day public comment period for it's Environmental Assessments (EA), it intended to extend a 30-day public comment period for this project to allow Mainers and local experts to weigh in. Instead, DOE decided to waive the public comment period altogether, as well as the comprehensive Environmental Impact Study (EIS) that was conducted for similar projects in neighboring New Hampshire and Vermont. This is unheard of and totally unacceptable, and it further highlights the importance of the citizens' initiative that I filed last fall."
"While it is incredibly disappointing that the federal government issued this permit without close scrutiny or input from the people of Maine, opponents of this project will not sit idly by while unelected bureaucrats ignore the will of the Maine people," said Sandi Howard. "Next week, we will submit more than enough signatures to qualify this issue for the ballot, and for CMP to move forward ahead of this inevitable statewide vote is an incredibly callous decision that I predict their foreign stakeholders will pay dearly for. At the end of the day, Mainers know that this is a terrible deal, and they're going to be unwilling to sacrifice what is required for this destructive project to move forward so two foreign corporations can profit.
"CMP may have another permit in their pocket, but we will not stop until they're held accountable to the voters of this great state. Maine will not be an extension cord for Massachusetts."