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There was a new petition drive at dozens of polling locations Tuesday, trying to once again stop CMP's controversial transmission line. The group “No CMP Corridor” got approval last week for the referendum effort, when the secretary of state made the petitions available. Volunteers were at 120 polling locations across the state collecting signatures.
They want to get enough signatures to force a vote next year. They were hoping to be on the ballot this year, but the Maine Supreme Court ruled the wording of the question violated the state constitution. So project opponents are trying again with a second referendum, which looks to ban all high-impact transmission lines in Maine without the approval of the legislature. Supporters of the power line say the new referendum jeopardizes the project and other renewable energy projects in Maine, as well.