LTE: Let’s not remain captive to CMP

Morning Sentinel I realize that the Maine Public Utilities Commission’s job in theory is to protect the consumer rights of utility customers. However, has anyone considered the amount of money the PUC has authorized Central Maine Power to increase in rates this year? Continue reading

LTE: Vote for leaders who represent citizens’ interest

Daily Bulldog Mainers will be checking whether legislative hopefuls represent their interests or those of foreign utilities. The assumption that elected leaders are less likely to be asked about the Central Maine Power corridor by constituents on a day-to-day basis if it’s not being voted on this year and that it will ease leaders’ ability to explain their votes on bills related to the project outside the heat of a referendum campaign doesn’t consider the fact that Mainers are completely outraged that decisions made about the destructive CMP corridor have often sided with foreign corporations over the citizens of Maine. Continue reading

LTE: Corridor project handled poorly

Lewiston Sun Journal Is Maine part of Massachusetts again? Or a part of Quebec Province? Maybe Spain? The handling of the Central Maine Power corridor by some officials totally has me wondering. Continue reading

LTE: Voices can’t be silenced

Mount Desert Islander The Maine Supreme Court recently ruled that the referendum to stop the Central Maine Power Corridor Project is unconstitutional. This is a serious blow to thousands of Mainers who oppose this project because of its negative environmental consequences. The international consortium based in Spain, Iberdola, which owns Avangrid, the parent company of Central Maine Power, has poured millions into a slick advertising campaign intended to convince Mainers that the project will benefit the environment by using hydropower instead of fossil fuel.  Continue reading

8.30. Newsletter

Hello friends, In case you missed it, No CMP Corridor hosted an online forum this week with guest speakers Kimberly Lyman and Garnett Robinson.  Kimberly, a Registered Maine Guide from western Maine, served as a citizen intervenor at the Land Use Planning Commission proceedings during the review of CMP’s permit. She has been a lead activist to oppose the CMP corridor, speaking at county commissioner meetings, PUC, DEP, and Massachusetts DPU proceedings, and testifying at legislative public hearings. She is the co-founder of Say NO to NECEC. Garnett Robinson is a tax assessor from Dixmont who owns Maine Assessment Appraisal Services, a company that revalues towns. He also served as an expert witness at the DEP and LUPC permit review proceedings and testified at the PUC and other public hearings about CMP’s tax practices and reputation. Garnett is a 4th generation Registered Maine Guide, an avid outdoorsman and he has served on the town planning board for Dixmont.   Continue reading

Another View: Opponents haven’t given up on stopping CMP corridor

Maine Sunday Telegram Mainers will be checking whether legislative hopefuls represent their interests or those of foreign utilities. In Jim Fossel’s Aug. 23 column, his assumption that elected leaders are “less likely to be asked about it (the Central Maine Power corridor) by constituents on a day-to-day basis if it’s not being voted on this year” and that it will ease leaders’ ability “to explain their votes on bills related to the project outside the heat of a referendum campaign” doesn’t consider the fact that Mainers are completely outraged that decisions made about the destructive CMP corridor have often sided with foreign corporations over the citizens of Maine. Continue reading

LISTEN: WMPG Interview w/ Sandi Howard

WMPG 90.9 Community Voices for Change Listen here to learn more about the ongoing fight against the CMP Corridor. WMPG interview with Sandi Howard.

LTE: The NECEC listened to regulators, not Mainers

Daily Bulldog Thorn Dickinson, President and CEO of NECEC Transmission LLC, claims that changes to the New England Clean Energy Connect (NECEC) project resulted from listening to Mainers. That opinion is not consistent with my experience with the NECEC project. Continue reading

LTE: Had enough of CMP

Lewiston Sun Journal Recently, the town of Wilton passed a new ordinance to protect the area’s natural resources from major transmission line projects such as Central Maine Power’s NECEC corridor. At the meeting, CMP’s lawyer requested to speak and my fellow citizens joined together to block her. We have heard more than enough from this foreign corporation. Continue reading

Natural Resources Council CEO: State agencies failed Maine on CMP corridor

Portland Press Herald The PUC’s and DEP’s approval did not address the irreversible harm the project would cause or prove its climate benefits. In their Aug. 18 op-ed (“Commentary: Anti-referendum ruling won’t end baseless anti-corridor arguments”), Richard Barringer and Ellen Pope attacked the Natural Resources Council of Maine for our opposition to the Central Maine Power corridor with a vehemence surprising for them, yet akin to language used by CMP in its ruthless effort to build a project that the majority of Maine people oppose. Continue reading