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Maine’s most expensive ballot fight ever unites natural gas companies and environmentalists

Washington Examiner The fate of a clean energy transmission line lies in the hands of Mainers this fall in a ballot battle so fierce it’s broken political spending records in the state. The battle lines over the project, a roughly 150-mile transmission line that will carry Canadian hydropower through Maine to Massachusetts, aren’t traditional. Continue reading

Hydro-Quebec denies influencing Maine elections after spending to oppose anti-corridor vote

Bangor Daily News Hydro-Quebec, which has spent millions fighting a November referendum aimed at defeating its proposed $1 billion hydropower project with Central Maine Power, told Maine lawmakers Thursday that it is not trying to influence the results of elections. The government-owned utility was responding to a letter sent Wednesday by 25 current and former Maine lawmakers to its CEO and the Quebec premier asking them to stop trying to influence the outcome of a referendum on the controversial project that would bring Canadian hydropower to the regional grid through western Maine. Continue reading

LTE: Consider impact on neighbors, vote ‘yes’ to stop CMP plan

Portland Press Herald Southern Maine voters, as you head to the polls this November, please consider the fact that the people most impacted by Central Maine Power’s for-profit corridor do not want it. Nearly every town along the route has voted to oppose the corridor with overwhelming margins with several towns going as far as enacting power line moratoriums to delay the construction of this project. Continue reading

Hydro-Quebec Dramatically Escalates Campaign to Influence Maine Elections

Natural Resources Council of Maine July 30, 2020 (Augusta, ME) – Over the past six months, the foreign government-owned corporation Hydro-Quebec has dramatically escalated its political campaign to interfere with the citizen-initiated referendum to block Central Maine Power’s (CMP) controversial corridor proposal. A new analysis by the Natural Resources Council of Maine (NRCM) detailed below shows the extent to which Hydro-Quebec, a so-called “Crown Corporation” owned by the Province of Quebec, is using record-breaking campaign spending and unprecedented political tactics to exploit a loophole in Maine ethics law that lawmakers were attempting to close before the pandemic caused the Legislature to abruptly adjourn in March. Continue reading

Mass. in middle of Maine power fight

Commonwealth Magazine Maine lawmakers tell Hydro-Quebec to stop meddling in ballot campaign A group of 25 current and former Maine state lawmakers sent a letter to Hydro-Quebec on Wednesday urging the provincial utility to stop meddling in a state election battle spawned by Massachusetts’ thirst for hydro-electricity from Canada. Continue reading

Maine lawmakers want Hydro-Quebec to stop trying to influence voters on CMP corridor

Bangor Daily News A group of 25 current and former Maine lawmakers wrote a letter Wednesday to Quebec’s premier and Hydro-Quebec’s CEO asking that they stop trying to influence the outcome of a referendum this November on Central Maine Power’s proposed $1 billion hydropower corridor. Continue reading

Penobscot Nation joins in solidarity with Innu in Canada to oppose CMP corridor

Maine Beacon The Penobscot Nation has declared its opposition to Central Maine Power’s proposed transmission corridor. Penobscot Natural Resources Director John Banks told Maine Public on Tuesday that the tribe was standing against the CMP corridor in solidarity with Innu Nation in Labrador, Canada. Innu land has been flooded for damming. Hydro-Quebec, the government-owned hydropower giant that helped build the Churchill Falls dam in Labrador in 1970, now wants to partner with CMP to transmit power to utilities in Massachusetts. Continue reading

Maine Lawmakers Call On Hydro-Qubec To Stop Campaign On CMP Transmission Line Ballot Referendum

Maine Public About two dozen current and former Maine legislators are calling on Hydro-Quebec to stop its campaign to influence November's ballot referendum on a proposed transmission line through the state. Continue reading

Richard Aishton, in rebuttal: Trust and credibility not a strong suit

Lewiston Sun Journal Jon Breed (guest column, July 26) and Central Maine Power seem to have a very difficult time with trust and credibility and that may be why they find themselves in their current state of flux. I was initially insulted by Breed’s recent column but I quickly realized how sad the situation really is. His column is a good example of the shortage of credibility and trust generated by CMP. Credibility and trust are earned by telling the truth. Continue reading