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 [email protected] 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.
On Friday, we held a meeting with our volunteers, and I would like to bring all of you up to speed on the status of our campaign effort. With only 17 days left to turn uncertified petitions and notarized affidavits into our campaign (even less time if you’re relying on the mail), we are officially in crunch time, and we can’t afford to take our foot off of the gas, even for a day.
That’s why this week, we’re asking our volunteers to:
1) Bring your petitions with you to Christmas dinner IF you plan to safely gather with your family (and follow all COVID safety protocols, of course)
2) Make a plan to collect at least 40 signatures per week to the end. The day after Christmas will be the PERFECT time to dump CMP by setting up at your local transfer station
3) If you have petitions, but you don’t plan to collect signatures, please mail them back to us so we can relocate them to active volunteers. Our mailing address is No CMP Corridor, PO Box 471, Farmington, ME 04938.
Featured Letter of the Week
Recently, activist Bill Schmidt of Pownal submitted a response letter to the Portland Press Herald, and I’d like to encourage each of you to read his letter, and share it on social media.
In the letter he said, “There’s a good reason that all of Maine’s leading environmental groups – Natural Resources Council of Maine, Sierra Club and Forest Ecology Network – agree that NECEC is a deeply flawed project that would cause irreparable harm to Maine’s undeveloped wilderness.
“Throughout the entire permitting process, Hydro-Quebec hasn’t testified once under oath about the source of the power, and they joined with Central Maine Power to hire 30 lawyers to kill a bill submitted in Augusta that would have studied the climate impacts of this project because they don’t want Mainers to know the truth.”
Featured Activists of the Week
This week, we’d like to recognize York County’s very own Beverly White and Bennett Allen! This power couple has led signature collecting events throughout the region over the last six weeks, bringing in the most signatures in the northern York county area. We are so thankful for volunteers like Bev and Bennett, who are selflessly giving their time to collect signatures to help us reach our goal - to give Mainers an opportunity to vote on the fate of the CMP Corridor. Time and time again, we are reminded that everyday Mainers, even those from far outside of the affected corridor area, are against this project - for a number of reasons.
When asked why she is so dedicated to the cause, Bev’s answer was beautifully simple - “I’m compelled to collect because it’s the right thing to do. I have faith.” And Bennett said he collects signatures “to give Maine residents a voice, especially since it doesn’t benefit Maine.”
We’re so fortunate to have dedicated volunteers like Bev and Bennett on our side, especially since we’re up against the very deep pockets of two foreign corporations who will spare no expense to protect their bottom line.
I hope that everyone has a wonderful holiday, and please, enjoy these last few weeks of signature gathering. It sure is a lot of work, but it’s also so rewarding to get out there and talk to Maine voters about why this referendum effort is so important to the future of our state, our environment and our economy.
Looking Ahead to January
Finally, if you’re able to help us deliver petitions to town office certification during the final week, January 4-8, please email us at [email protected].
Donate by mail: Check made payable to No CMP Corridor sent to PO Box 471 Farmington, ME 04398
Secure online: Donate at www.NoCMPCorridor.com/donate
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PO Box 471 Farmington, ME 04938.