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 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 comprehensive 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.
This week, George Smith, the former Executive Director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine, and a longtime advocate to our cause, published a column about the incredible damage Hydro-Quebec’s mega dams are causing to the local environment, and how they’re contributing to global warming.
“I was astonished to learn that Hydro-Quebec’s dams caused Maine’s coastal waters to warm, resulting in the loss of a bunch of fish species. As an avid angler, I am very concerned about the terribly destructive impacts these dams have on our fisheries. And the dams are a key factor in the melting of Arctic sea ice. You probably know that has had a severe impact on polar bears and our climate.”
He goes on to say, “CMP and Hydro-Quebec know their ads for the “clean energy corridor” are not true. Shame on them.”
George’s full column can be found here.
Also this past week, I was honored to join my good friends Ric Tyler and George Hale to talk about recent developments. If you want to listen to the interview, click here.
Activist of the Week
This week, we’d like to thank Richard Aishton of Farmington for drafting countless letters to his local editors over the course of this fight. His letters are strong, supported by research and effective. He’s been a true voice for stopping CMP’s disastrous corridor in the LTE section of many Maine papers.
So, please join us in thanking Richard, and everyone else who has taken the time to submit letters to help us get the message out there that CMP must be stopped because this is a bad deal for Maine.
Featured Letter to the Editor
In addition to thanking Richard, we’d also like to feature his most recent letter that was published in the Lewiston Sun Journal. In his letter he says, “The driving force behind this project is money, pure and simple. And this money comes from huge foreign interests in Canada and Spain.
Maine’s reputation, built through decades of hard work and moral backbone will be toppled by a few people and a few bucks directed to critical pressure points. I don’t blame the Supreme Court. It did the job it was supposed to do. I blame a few greedy people for where we are now in this continuing and sordid saga of “good” versus “evil.”
The full letter can be found here.
Featured Local Support
See all our local support by clicking here.
Now more than ever, it’s important for people to know where their legislators stand on the CMP Corridor, and to have discussions with your local lawmakers about why you oppose this project. So this week, please reach out to your legislators to inquire. If they support our cause, please urge them to fill out this short form so we can officially thank them for their support and let their constituents know where they stand. You can find your state senator and state representative by town here.
Join us for a Zoom discussion about the negative financial impact of CMP’s NECEC corridor on facets of Maine's economy like our outdoor industry and home values on Wednesday, August 26th at 7pm. Our guest speakers will include Garnett Robinson, a tax assessor from Dixmont and Kimberly Lyman, a Registered Maine Guide from Caratunk.
Register by clicking here.
And if you missed it, you can view a recent discussion from our friends over at Natural Resources Council of Maine by clicking here.
Again, thank you all for your continued support. I have no doubt that together, we will find a way to prevail.
As always, we welcome any financial support you’re able to contribute. At this point, every dollar really does count! Please feel free to donate securely below or mail a check to No CMP Corridor PAC at PO Box 471 Farmington, ME 04938.
PO Box 471 Farmington, ME 04938.