8.17 Statement to Grassroots Team

We may have lost a battle last week, but the war is far from over. The referendum was always viewed as one of many possible avenues to stop CMP. That door may be closed for now, but many remain open.

In good news, last week, our citizen intervenors were granted a stay on the DEP permit while the Board of Environmental Protections reviews appeals from a number of parties.

We're are still actively trying to persuade the Army Corps of Engineers to conduct an Environmental Impact Study, as they did in New Hampshire and Vermont. Recently, Congressman Jared Golden and the Penobscot Nation joined our efforts to call for a study.

There's still an active lawsuit challenging the validity of CMP's lease to cross state public reserve lands. Rather than following the process laid out in the Maine Constitution, CMP negotiated and renegotiated this lease behind closed doors. We are hoping the courts uphold the law, and throw this illegal lease out.

We're also continuing to work with the Legislature to find a solution in Augusta.

So, while we regroup in the coming weeks, please rest assured that nothing has actually changed. This is still a terrible project, the vast majority of Mainers still don't want it, and our grassroots army will continue to fight until we defeat CMP. We will NOT be silenced by this foreign corporation.

-Sandi Howard

Principal Officer, No CMP Corridor PAC

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