7.12 Newsletter

Friends --

This has been a great week for No CMP Corridor! 

On Monday, Congressman Jared Golden sent a letter to the Army Corp of Engineers asking that they conduct an Environmental Impact Study (EIS) so Mainers can fully understand the impacts of CMP’s proposed corridor. It's heartening that a member of our federal delegation recognizes the extensive environmental damage CMP's proposed corridor would bring to Maine's undeveloped forest. Opponents of the project have been calling for this study from the start. 

 

The absence of an environmental impact study, like had been done in NH and VT, has been a driving factor behind the referendum, because it has been clear that this project hasn't gotten a fair shake during the permitting process thus far. We would now urge the rest of our congressional delegation to follow Rep. Golden's lead in calling for a comprehensive study from the Army Corp of Engineers.

The letter can be viewed here.


Additionally this past week, CMP tried to pull a fast one on Maine voters but recycled their method of doing so. Good thing Mainers are smart enough to notice a smoke and mirrors illusion when they see one. 

Read more by clicking HERE.


Also this week, Secretary Mattew Dunlap released the language that will appear on the November ballot. We wish he had taken more of our language suggestions, but are so pleased to be one step closer to FINALLY  giving the people of Maine a voice!

The question will read: "Do you want to require the Maine Public Utilities Commission to reject a previously-approved proposal to construct the New England Clean Energy Connect electrical power transmission line through western Maine?"

The answer, of course, is “YES!”


Action Item of the Week

So this week, we’re asking for help from all of you to come up with our new slogan! Here are a few options to get the ideas flowing. Which do you prefer? Or, do you have another catchy slogan in mind? We would love to hear it!



Featured News Story

Also this week, it came to light that CMP and Hydro-Quebec (owned exclusively by the Province of Quebec) have spent a record-smashing $16.78 million to convince the voters of Maine that their for-profit corridor isn’t a bad deal. Apparently, CMP sees nothing wrong with spending more than the average Maine household makes EVERY DAY on propaganda while simultaneously demanding a rate increase.

That’s why we need your help today. Obviously, we will never come even close to having the resources of these two corporations, but we must get the word out that a “Yes” vote will put an end to this madness once and for all this November. Can you pitch in today with a donation to help us spread the word?

If so, please donate securely online below or send us a check at No CMP Corridor PO Box 471 Farmington, ME 04938


Activist of the Week

Finally, we would like to give a heartfelt “thank you” to Karla Bock of New Sharon. Karla’s drive and dedication to qualify this referendum for the ballot was remarkable. Come rain, sleet, snow, subzero temperatures or (sometimes) sunshine, Karla could be found almost every single day in front of the Farmington Renys collecting signatures.

And boy, did her efforts pay off. The Queen of Renys, she came to know every police officer, business owner and pedestrian who walked by. She helped spread the word to countless passers by, ultimately collecting upwards of 2,000 signatures. When she couldn’t be there, Karla made sure to find someone else to take a “shift”, resulting in a highly successful effort. 

And she didn’t stop there. Whenever help was needed at headquarters, Karla would stop in to help...once her shift at Renys was over, of course.

Thank you, Karla, and thanks to all of you who helped us get to where we are today. 

We WILL win this November!

Best,
Sandi Howard

PO Box 471 Farmington, ME 04938