ATTENTION ACTIVISTS: It has come to light that the Maine Department of Environmental Protection's Acting Commissioner Loyzim determined that CMP's recent 700 page "minor revision" to the NECEC permit was not of statewide significance, and therefore doesn't warrant scrutiny by the Board or the people of Maine. This determination was made because, according to the commissioner, NECEC's "minor revision" hasn't come under significant public scrutiny. But the public was never made aware of the requested amendment!
That's why we need you to email the Board of Environmental Protection TODAY, ahead of their February 18 meeting, to voice your opposition to the so-called "minor revision."
Some points to keep in mind when drafting your email:
- More than 100,000 signatures were recently turned in to trigger a statewide vote on the project. Signatures came from more than 500 Maine communities.
- During the hearing on the original permit, DEP heard from 2,283 Mainers who testified in opposition to the project to only 11 in support.
- The "minor revision" application includes an entirely new set of maps with new information about impacts to rare threatened and endangered species and rare plant areas that wasn’t provided during the original hearings. It also proposes a reroute near the Bowman Airfield. Impacts on these lands and wetlands must be assessed according to NRPA, Site Law and the Department's own rules.
- Trying to classify such a major change to the permit as "minor" is yet another attempt by CMP to ram this project through behind closed doors and without the input of Mainers.
No CMP Corridor PAC
PO Box 471
Farmington, ME 04938