4/18/21 Newsletter

Hello Friends, First off, I would like to share with you No CMP Corridor’s latest digital ad. In my opinion, it’s our best ad yet, so please join me in sharing it far and wide.  Contrary to CMP’s advertisements, the NECEC Corridor has absolutely nothing to do with reducing greenhouse gas emissions. CMP’s own spokesperson couldn’t guarantee that NECEC will have a positive impact on climate change. He said it’s “..not our job. That’s not our business.”  Continue reading

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In Potential Blow To Hydro-Quebec, Maine Lawmakers Advance Bill Limiting Foreign Influence On Ballot Measures

Maine Public Maine lawmakers have taken a step toward barring companies controlled by foreign governments from spending money to influence ballot measures. The 10-2 vote by the Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee could signal a big blow to Hydro-Quebec, the Canadian energy company that has spent lavishly trying to convince Maine voters to approve a controversial transmission project by Central Maine Power. Continue reading

CMP's Sizable Campaign To Influence Maine Voters Has Become Part Of The National Conversation On Corporate Spending

Maine Public The debate over Central Maine Power’s controversial transmission project has raged for more than three years, long enough to make the arguments for and against it seem repetitive and stale. However, the battle remains eminently consequential — and not just for the energy companies that stand to profit or lose money because of it. Those companies, including CMP, have combined to spend more than $32 million attempting to shape Mainers’ views of the 145-mile corridor in advance of a November referendum. That includes $7 million in just the past three months, according to the latest campaign finance reports. Continue reading

State referendum ballot question threatens the NECEC corridor

Lewiston Sun Journal The corridor also faces opposition from a partnership between the Penobscot Nation of Maine and Labrador and Québec First Nations. The New England Clean Energy Connect will build high-transmission lines alongside Central Maine Power existing poles such as the cleared area in Wilton from McCrillis Corner Road, pictured above, to Wilton Road/Route 156. New pole heights will range from 91 to 113 feet. Andrea Swiedom/Franklin Journal REGION — On Tuesday, April 13, Secretary of State Shenna Bellows opened up public comment for the November 2 referendum ballot question that places restrictions and stipulations on the development of high-transmission lines. If passed, the citizens’ initiated act has the potential to block the New England Clean Energy Connect LLC’s (NECEC) corridor project. Continue reading

Oakley LTE: CMP corridor would have ‘devastating implications’

Lewiston Sun Journal Matthew Roy wrote to the editor (“NECEC ‘critical’ for economy, infrastructure,” March 27) soliciting support for the wildly unpopular Central Maine Power corridor. He cited financial gain for the city of Lewiston as the reason he feels CMP deserves our support. I totally disagree with his view. Continue reading

Appalaches-Maine power line for export authorized by Quebec

La Presse According to documents recently filed with the Maine Ethics Commission by the “Hydro-Quebec Maine Partnership” committee, which was set up by the state corporation, the sums were mainly spent on professional service fees. as well as the remuneration of staff and consultants. Since last year, 8.4 million CAN have been allocated by Hydro-Quebec south of the border to boost the New England Clean Energy Connect (NECEC). In November 2020, the energy corridor was to be the subject of a popular consultation, but the referendum process of the opponents had been declared unconstitutional by the highest court in the American state before the poll was held. In total, more than CAN 10 million had been injected into this political action committee. Continue reading

Transparency and good governance a casualty of the majority budget

Maine Wire In late March, the 130th Maine Legislature met in-person at the Augusta Civic Center for just the second time this session, excluding swearing in day, to tackle the state’s next biennial budget. The $8.33 billion budget is the largest in Maine’s history and was passed on a simple majority vote, and without a public hearing. That in and of itself is a casualty for transparency and good governance, but there was another unintended consequence of the majority Democrats’ rushed budget process: the legislature lost its opportunity to take action on LD 1295, the initiated bill transmitted from the secretary of state to the legislature concerning the construction of energy transmission lines on public lands. Continue reading

Maine seeks public input on ballot question aiming to ban hydropower transmission project

(The Center Square) – A referendum to block a 145-mile hydropower transmission line that would run through Maine's untouched forests is inching toward the November ballot, but state officials need to hear from the public on the proposed wording of the question. Secretary of State Shenna Bellow's office, which has certified more than 80,000 signatures turned in by opponents of the project, has finalized the wording of the ballot question and is now soliciting public comment on the referendum. As worded, the referendum would ask voters: "Do you want to ban the construction of high-impact electric transmission lines in the Upper Kennebec Region and to require the Legislature to vote on other such projects in Maine retroactive to 2014, with a two-thirds vote required if a project uses public lands?" Continue reading

Meagher LTE: CMP corridor ‘destructive’ to environment

By the time I finished reading David Griswold’s recent letter to the editor to the end (“Ads about corridor’s forest impact untrue,” April 10), I literally spit my coffee out, seeing that he is a licensed forester. He could not be more misguided in saying our western Maine forest would not be permanently impacted by the destructive Central Maine Power corridor. Even if the 54-foot width of the 53.5-mile stretch of Segment 1 was not widened for future use, how could anyone say that that alone is not a significant alteration of our forest? Continue reading