While I’m often talking about the irreparable harm CMP’s NECEC corridor would have on Maine’s most wild and rugged landscapes and natural resources, it’s important to also consider the negative impacts this project would have on western Maine’s economy and way of life. This week, the Press Herald featured a story about the difficulties faced by Maine’s logging industry as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. For those with roots in rural Maine, the very notion that this key industry is under such strain is unnerving. The industry serves as an economic driver, and it’s played an important role in Maine’s landscapes and forest management for decades.
In the piece, Randy Kimball of Kimball & Sons Logging and Trucking said, “If we lose biomass, logging is done in this state.” The entire industry depends on biomass facilities as an outlet for low quality wood, which is essential for timber stand improvements.
CMP’s NECEC Corridor would be the last nail in the coffin for the entire logging industry because it has the potential to shutter biomass for good
That’s why this week, No CMP Corridor held a private Zoom conference for suppliers of the biomass industry, featuring Mark Thibodeau, Regional Manager for ReEnergy Holdings which has facilities in Livermore Falls and Stratton. According to Thiboeau, the NECEC Corridor would “cause our facilities, and the many others behind us, to shut down.”
Biomass facilities like ReEnergy’s are a critical part of Franklin County’s economy, providing hundreds of jobs while pumping $30 million into the local economy. Additionally, they provide locally-generated renewable energy.
Maine’s rural economy depends on a healthy forestry industry, an industry directly threatened by CMP’s proposal to deliver electricity from Quebec to Massachusetts. We can’t allow CMP to continue to prioritize profits over the wellbeing of Maine’s people and Maine’s economy.
Also this week, I was thrilled to be able to submit a letter to the editor in response to Central Maine Power's hired gun Jon Breed. Read it by clicking here.
Action Items of the Week
So this week, please help us spread the word, especially to voters in southern Maine, that our way of life is at stake. Please draft a letter to your local editor about the importance of sticking up for Maine's forestry industry by rejecting CMP’s NECEC project with a “Yes” vote this fall. If you need help, email a 250 response to [email protected] and we'd be happy to give it a read through and let you know to whom to submit it.
Please also consider helping us fight back CMP’s false rhetoric, including this recent insulting op-ed, authored by Jon Breed, the executive director of Clean Energy Matters, with a donation today. We can’t let CMP get away with spreading lies about our grassroots effort, and all of the hard work that each of you put into making this referendum a reality.
If you are able and willing, please donate securely online below or send us a check at No CMP Corridor PO Box 471 Farmington, ME 04938.
Activist of the Week
This week, we would like to thank John Meagher of North Berwick for the important role he played in coordinating our signature gathering effort in York County. John was a “rock star” of the volunteer effort, traveling back and forth all over the county to collect signatures and cover events. He also has submitted public comments to Maine’s approval agencies, and has been a tireless advocate to get the word out about why voters should reject CMP’s NECEC corridor.
So thank you, John, and thanks to all of our other outstanding volunteers.
We WILL win this November!
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