6/28/20 Newsletter

Friends --

CMP has repeatedly claimed that they own 100 percent of the route along which they would like to place their destructive corridor, but that simply isn’t true.

In 2014, the Bureau of Public Lands granted CMP a lease to cross public reserve lands in the West Forks area near the recently preserved Cold Stream Forest. The unelected bureaucrat who granted CMP this lease admitted to the Maine Legislature that he had no idea what the use for the parcel would be, and that he didn’t consult the relevant statute. 

Unfortunately for CMP, the Maine Constitution is pretty clear that leases like this one are subject to a 2/3rds vote of approval from the Maine Legislature, a vote that it never received. 

There’s a right way to do things, and a wrong way; it appears that rather than following the letter of the law, CMP cut corners in an attempt to profit off of land that belongs to the people of Maine. No CMP Corridor appreciates the group of Mainers who stepped up to file this lawsuit to urge the court to hold CMP, and the Bureau of Public Lands, accountable by revoking this erroneous lease.

Featured News Story of the Week

CMP Transmission Line Faces New Legal Challenges

By Fred Bever, Maine Public

A multi-partisan group of past and present lawmakers, nonprofit groups and individual Mainers is mounting a court challenge to a lease the state signed with CMP for public lands along the route of the controversial project.

At issue is a mile-long section of land, 300-feet wide, in the West Forks area, which the Bureau of Public Lands (BPL) leased to CMP back in 2014.

The filers say that the Bureau failed to get a two-thirds vote of the state Legislature, which the state Constitution requires for leases that would "reduce" or "substantially alter" the character of public reserve lands.

View the full story here.

Also this week, CMP’s lawyers asked a judge to pull our referendum off of the November ballot, threatening to take their cause to the highest court. Their foreign stakeholders are determined to push this project forward without ever being held accountable to the very people who will have to live with the repercussions of their for-profit project. 

My question is, if their project is such a good idea, what are they so afraid of? Clearly, they know that their multi-million dollar effort to fleece Mainers into supporting their project so CMP and Hydro-Quebec can make billions is failing.

And if you are able, would you consider signing up to donate monthly to our cause? Click below to donate or mail a check to No CMP Corridor PAC PO Box 471 Farmington, ME 04938.

Activist of the Week

This week we'd like to recognize Jackie and Ed Grohoski of Ellsworth, a power couple of highly skilled community organizers who brought their passion for this issue, their deep knowledge of area communities and their boundless energy to organize the signature collection effort in Hancock County and beyond.  

The Grohoskis gave time every day from November to February to the cause, finding and creating events from Bangor to Bar Harbor and then staffing most of them, recruiting friends, family and acquaintances, weekdays, weeknights and weekends, whatever the weather, in their home town of Ellsworth and hours from home.  From beer fests to farmers' markets, from arts venues to town dumps, the Grohoskis were out there and they delivered hundreds of signatures, mostly from towns not even in CMP's service area.  

They didn't stop there, shifting gears to make sure petitions from towns throughout Hancock and Penobscot counties were certified and transported between town offices and headquarters, combing volunteer lists and shuttling between towns to make sure not one petition or signature would be stranded on their watch.  

Tireless, motivating, always ready with a kind word or a creative idea for the cause, the Grohoskis' contributions to this effort have been invaluable. Thank you, Jackie and Ed!  

Thank you all for your continued support!

Sandi Howard

PO Box 471 Farmington, ME 04938