9.13 Newsletter

Hello Friend,

This week, author and conservationist Stephen Kasprzak published a fantastic piece in the Lewiston Sun Journal that really highlighted the need for the Army Corp. of Engineers (the Corp) to really kick the tires and look under the hood before issuing a permit for their supposed “clean” energy corridor with CMP.

Before this project, I have to admit that I knew very little about the extensive damage that large scale dams and impoundments, like the ones built by Hydro-Quebec, have on our environment and the people who have to live with them. The more I’ve learned on this topic, over the course of our 2-year-long campaign to stop this terrible project, the more I’ve come to realize that there’s nothing “clean” about them. They are devastating for the local people and ecosystems, and they contribute to the warming of our oceans and atmosphere.

 

You can also learn more about megadam impacts by reading Stephen's recent book titled, "Blue Deserts", watch this quick video for an introduction on the topic. Send me a note if you'd like to buy a copy of the book.
Any claims that this is “green energy” is blatantly false, and not based at all on facts, contrary to CMP and Hydro-Quebec’s $20 million PR campaign. Last session, the Maine Legislature considered a bill that would have studied the source of the power, but CMP hired an army of 30 lobbyists to kill the bill because they have something to hide. But Mainers deserve to know what is at stake here, which is why it’s critical for the Amry Corps of Engineers (ACOE) to require a comprehensive Environmental Impact Study before issuing a permit for CMP’s corridor project. 

The ACOE required Environmental Impact Statements for similar proposals in New Hampshire and Vermont, which is yet another reason one must be required here in Maine. Our iconic wilderness is no less valuable than that of our neighboring states.


Activists of the Week

   

This week, we would like to recognize Congressman Jared Golden and the Penobscot Nation for publicly calling on the Army Corps of Engineers to require an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). Their partnership is greatly appreciated by No CMP Corridor and our grassroots activists.


That’s why this week, we would like each of you to reach out to our federal delegation to request that they call on the Army Corps of Engineers to require an EIS for the CMP corridor project here in Maine. We’d also urge you to submit your comments, requesting this important study, directly to the Corps by emailing them to Jay.L.Clement@usace.army.mil. Contact info for our federal delegation is as follows: Senator Susan Collins, Senator Angus King, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree.


Featured Column of the Week

This week, No CMP Corridor activist Tom Saviello was featured in the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine’s publication, the Sam News. Here’s a link to the column, where Tom does a great job of highlighting the outside influences that are at play on this issue. Here’s a link to the column. Please read it and share it on social media!

We are committed to continue our mission of educating regulators and everyday Mainers about the irreparable damage this corridor would inflict on this beautiful and unique place. 

 


Local Support

We appreciate the continued support we are getting from candidates across Maine. If you would like to see the full list of candidates, elected official and legislators who have endorsed our cause, click here.

 


We will be ordering a new batch of yard signs soon! We appreciate everyone who has signed up to receive one. Yard signs are not cheap, though! If you would like to help contribute to the yard sign order, please feel free to donate securely below or mail a check to No CMP Corridor PAC at PO Box 471 Farmington, ME 04938.

Thank you all for your continued support!

Best,
Sandi Howard

PO Box 471 Farmington, ME 04938.