6/7/2020 Newsletter

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This week, the Starks Planning Board voted to approve the municipal permit for CMP’s corridor, putting the project one step closer to construction. While we are disappointed, this development further highlights that it is up to each and every one of us to stop CMP at the ballot box this November. 

Please start spreading the word now that a “Yes” vote on the referendum will put a stop to this destructive project once and for all.


Action Item

This vote also serves as an important reminder that we need to be sure to get the strongest wording possible on the ballot, which is why I would like to urge everyone to reach out to the Secretary of State’s Office, if you haven’t done so already, to have the phrase “Central Maine Power” and also “Quebec to Massachusetts” inserted into the language so the question reads,”Do you want to adopt a Resolve directing the Maine Public Utilities Commission to reverse its approval of Central Maine Power’s proposed New England Clean Energy Connect power transmission line from Quebec to Massachusetts?”

The deadline to make this request is June 22, and the instructions to provide public comment are below.

 


Upcoming Events:

We are excited to announce that on June 10 at 5:00, Senator Russell Black of Wilton will host an informational session to help us spread the word that this corridor would be a bad deal for Maine. Panelists will include Susan Theberge of Jay, Tom Saviello of Wilton and Darryl Wood of New Sharon. 

Please encourage all of your friends and neighbors who remain undecided about this project to attend either on their computer or by phone.

Click here to sign up for the Zoom conference.

If you are able, would you consider signing up to donate monthly to our cause? Click below to donate or mail a check to No CMP Corridor PAC PO Box 471 Farmington, ME 04938.


Highlighted News Story

Last week, I spoke with a reporter at ForeignLobby.com about the money pouring into this referendum by Hydro-Quebec, a company solely owned by the Province of Quebec. It is ordinarily illegal for a foreign government to attempt to sway an American election, but unfortunately, Hydro-Quebec has exploited a loophole in Maine law that treats referendums differently from candidate elections. 

Regardless of where folks stand on this project, everyone should be troubled by the fact that Canada is spending millions to sway voters of this state on a project they stand to earn huge profits on. It’s unethical and dangerous, and cannot be tolerated.


Activists of the Week

This week, we would like to recognize the dedication and hard work of Monica and Steve McCarthy of Rome because they have been a core part of our grassroots effort to defeat the CMP corridor from the very start! The McCarthys have donated personal funds to run anti-corridor radio ads, in addition to purchasing t-shirts, signs and advocacy materials. They also presented testimony at approval agencies and legislative sessions, and grilled up the best food at Say No to NECEC’s grassroots fundraisers. The McCarthys travelled to nearly all of the 25 towns to attend meetings and ask tough questions to CMP representatives, which helped inform citizens to leverage these town votes. During the signature campaign, Monica served as a volunteer coordinator while Steve set up signature events in many towns across the state.

Thank you all for your continued support!

Best,
Sandi Howard

PO Box 471 Farmington, ME 04938.