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12.20 Newsletter

Dear Friend, This week, the federal court rejected the civil action brought by Maine’s top environmental groups to place an injunction on the project to prevent CMP from beginning the construction of their for-profit NECEC corridor prematurely. While this ruling was disappointing, I don’t want you to be discouraged, as we still have many irons in the fire to stop this destructive project. If anything, this ruling should serve as a reminder that the work you’re doing, standing out in the cold, harsh Maine winter for hours on end to volunteer your time to collect signatures is so incredibly important. I would urge anyone reading this newsletter list who hasn’t yet signed the petition to seek out a signing location on our website, nocmpcorridor.com/events, or email us at stopnecec@gmail.com to be paired up with a volunteer. And, please urge your friends and family to sign, too! Mainers deserve the right to vote on this project, and together, we can make sure that our voices aren't ignored. Continue reading

LTE: ‘Reimbursement’ Not So Much

Free Press To fully explain CMP’s “environmental, clean” corridor would go beyond the word limit. Here’s a very condensed version. It is not environmentally sound nor is their thievery reimbursement adequate.Central Maine Power is managed by Avangrid, a subsidiary of mega-corporation Iberdrola in Spain, a company that has consolidated its position as one of the leading energy companies in the United States with more than $30 billion in assets. As of 2013, the largest shareholder of Iberdrola was Qatar Investment Holding in Qatar, followed by Norges Bank in Norway, Kutxabank and Bankia both in Spain. Continue reading

LTE: NECEC - Law vs. Policy

Daily Bulldog The current President has opened public land to oil and gas drilling to ensure America is energy self -sufficient. Time is creeping up when a Presidential permit will be due on the importation of more Canadian power via NECEC Transmission LLC. (CMP Corridor) If self- sufficiency is the goal; importation is a contrary action. The President -Elect says he will be rejoining the Paris Climate Accord on day one. Policy within this respected international group cannot condone the effect of mega dams on the environment as evidenced by untimely release of warmed of impounded water into the ocean, as evidenced by studies in the Kara Sea (Siberia) and Gulf of Maine. Logic says neither President or President Elect could issue the permit, as it would be contrary to policy. The legal team at CMP has met most of the criteria included in Maine law, which only covers Maine and disregards “the rest of the story”. Is the strategy of Iberdrola to hand off the ball to the rookie NECEC Transmission LLC and get a first down before the referee notices the ball carrier is not on the roster? The President has been strong on his policy of” Make America Great Again”, allowing this importation would knock a leg out from under his legacy for 40 years. If the President Elect allows it, it would be an immediate black eye on his green energy initiative. Bob HaynesSkowhegan

Québec First Nations asserting CMP’s corridor hydropower illegal

Lewiston Sun Journal A coalition of three Québec First Nations are testifying that the hydropower transmitted through Central Maine Power's New England Clean Energy Connect would be illegally generated. “Where did you come from?” is the first question 73-year-old Oscar Kistabish learned to ask when first meeting someone.  “In my head, we imagine where you are from, it’s very important so that’s the first thing we ask,” Kistabish said during a Zoom interview. “I heard that from my parents asking about the people, ‘where are you from?'” Kistabish is from Anishnabe Aki, the indigenous Anishnabe lands in the western province of Québec, Canada where he lives in a rural family camp about 30 miles south of Matagami. His camp is one of many passed down retreats within the perimeters of what is called a trapline, a family territory passed down throughout generations for hunting and trapping. “Our trapline is our ancestors…most of my family trap there for, I don’t know how many years, a thousand years,” he said.    Continue reading

LTE: Stop the CMP Corridor

Lewiston Sun Journal The fight to Stop the CMP Corridor is far from over. While the first citizen initiative was ruled unconstitutional because it targeted the PUC, a part of the executive branch, we are off and running with another initiative which rightly targets the law-making legislative branch. Already 35,000 plus signatures (mostly on election day) have been collected, but we need another 35,000. Enclosed is a summary of the new initiative and an appeal for your help. Last year’s collection was hard enough with the cold. This year we are facing the cold as well as Covid. We can succeed, but it is going to take all hands-on deck. Please contact the campaign at stopnecec@gmail.com,-you can find the spot closest to you where you can sign as well as have petitions mailed to you if you want to collect. Since the petitions have to be completed, verified, and submitted by Jan. 21, time is of essence. If you need any assistance you can also call FEN at 207 265-6686. While CMP and Hydro-Quebec are saying they are going to start construction in Dec., I think this is just political theater to make the public think the fight is over. The new initiative has a retroactive clause so if they started, it is at their own peril.. Several permits have not yet been issued. At the federal level the Dept. Energy Presidential permit has not been issued and at the local municipal level several towns along the proposed route have not issued permits. Also, the permit issued by the Maine Dept of Environmental Protection is being appealed. In addition to the permitting, there are several current legal actions. Since this corridor will cross public property and will significantly alter the land, state law requires that there be a 2/3rds legislative vote in support before a project can go forward. This vote never took place mostly because Gov. Mills and her CMP cronies knew they could not get a ⅔ positive vote. They circumvented the law. The legality of the circumvention is being challenged. Finally, there is a legal battle over the issuance of the permit from the Army Corp of Engineers. The Army Corp only carried out an Environmental Assessment (EA) not a full-scale Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). A full scale EIS would require a much more thorough impact analysis as well as an examination of potential alternative routes. Both Congressman Jared Golden and the Penobscot Nation requested that a full EIS be undertaken, but their requests were summarily dismissed. It should be noted that in both VT and NH full EIS analysis was carried out when similar Hydro-Quebec transmission lines were proposed. The science is very clear. Power generated from Hydro-Quebec is not green. It is some of the dirtiest generated power on the planet. Not only does the flooding of areas the size of Rhode Island destroy carbon sequestrating boreal forest, but it also releases huge amounts of the greenhouse gas methane – 80 times more impacting than CO2. In addition, natural mercury in the soil is methylated and goes into solution polluting the water and bio accumulating up the food chain. This is a serious health concern for not only wildlife, but indigenous subsistent people living in the area. While the upstream ecological disaster occurring above the mega-dams is well documented, it is only recently come to light the equally troubling impacts downstream. The disruption of natural seasonal water flow not only disrupts the riverine life cycles dependent on a regular seasonal flow, but it also changes the nutrients, temperature, and salinity in estuaries. Without the spring nutrients the phytoplankton, a major carbon sequestrator and the base of the marine food chain, does not experience its natural spring population explosion. In addition, alterations in the salinity and temperature impacts currents which distribute phytoplankton as a food sources over long distances. There is now evidence that suggest the fisheries decline in both the Gulf of Maine and the Grand Banks may be tied to the mega-dam development around the Gulf of St. Lawrence. As if, any of this is not enough to say No to CMP and Hydro-Quebec. For these foreign owned companies, it is not about saving the planet from climate change. We know now that this will only worsen the climate situation. This is about money – billions and billions in profit – plain and simple. This is why they are willing to spend millions on large scale “bribes” and slick PR campaigns. If we are ever going to save this planet, we must be willing to reject these planet slayers and send them packing. In spite of how the Covid pandemic has kept us apart, the resolve to make the world a better place is as strong as ever. Stay safe and I wish you the best this holiday season and much cheer. Jonathan Carter Director, Forest Ecology Network Lexington Twp

Judge Rejects Attempt To Stop Groundbreaking On Western Maine Transmission Project

Maine Public A federal judge rejected a request from conservation groups to halt winter construction of Central Maine Power’s power line through the state’s western woods. Three groups are challenging a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permit for the project, and asked for a preliminary injunction while the larger case is adjudicated. But in a 49-page decision, Judge Lance Walker sided with the Army Corps and noted that so far, none of the regulatory review bodies has argued against the project. Sue Ely, an attorney with the Natural Resources Council of Maine, notes that the federal Department of Energy hasn’t even started its review. “So they cut through our North Woods, they destroy that habitat, all to find out they weren’t going to get that permit from the Department of Energy,” she says. “That would be a tragedy. That’s what we’re trying to prevent.” Ely says it’s still possible to challenge the Corps permit and others. A CMP spokesman says the company continues to plan for winter groundbreaking, but its schedule has been delayed as it completes the spin-off of a separate entity that will own and operate the 145-mile power line.  

Judge rejects bid to keep CMP from starting work on transmission corridor

Portland Press Herald A federal judge has denied a motion for a preliminary injunction that would have prevented Central Maine Power Co. from beginning construction on a 145-mile transmission line project to bring hydropower from Quebec to the New England power grid. U.S. District Judge Lance E. Walker issued his 49-page ruling Wednesday afternoon, rejecting the civil action filed by plaintiffs Sierra Club Maine, the Natural Resources Council of Maine, and the Appalachian Mountain Club. The groups filed the motion for an injunction last month in an effort to delay any tree clearing until the court can fully consider a lawsuit filed by the three groups challenging the Corps for what they allege was a flawed and inadequate environmental review of a project they contend will cause irreparable harm. Continue reading

Outside groups fighting over CMP corridor spent $3.7M after referendum was invalidated

Bangor Daily News Outside groups fighting over the future of the Central Maine Power corridor have spent more than $3.7 million on signature gathering and public relations since a referendum on the issue was deemed unconstitutional in August, as the fight over the controversial hydropower transmission line appears poised to spill over into 2021. Anti-corridor groups are pushing for another referendum aimed at blocking the construction of the 145-mile transmission line that would bring energy from Canada through western Maine, while a CMP-affiliated political committee continues to fight against those efforts and attempt to improve public perception of the project. Continue reading

LTE: New 2020 Petition to Block CMP Corridor

Lincoln County News There is a NEW petition, as of November 2020, that Mainers can sign which is different from the 2019 No CMP Corridor petition referendum that many people previously signed. The 2019 petition was challenged by CMP in court (CMP won) and it therefore never made it onto the November 2020 ballot. The new petition would allow for a new ballot referendum in 2021 that directs the Maine Legislature to require legislative approval for high-impact transmission lines, reinforce the Maine state constitutional requirement for legislative approval for projects traversing public lands, and protect the valuable upper Kennebec Gorge area from commercial exploitation. Continue reading