There are a number of reasons that I am opposed to the Central Maine Power corridor and the destruction it will cause. When I first visited the greater Jackman area in 1973, it was love at first sight. I was instantly taken by the beauty of the area, which has remained much the same since my very first visit nearly 50 years ago. For the life of me, I can’t understand why any company would be allowed to destroy some of the most pristine habitat in the state. If CMP is allowed to continue with this project, I believe the area will never be the same. The damage to ponds and streams and brooks and the wildlife within will not be able to be repaired.
The recreation industry that is key to the area economy will also be harmed. I have always marveled at folks from as far away as New Jersey who spend their weekends enjoying hundreds of miles of groomed trails for snowmobiling in the winter and ATV riding in the summer. CMP’s corridor will have a negative effect on all of that, and once gone, the tourism will never be brought back.
CMP claims there will be 1,600 (temporary) jobs available to Maine people, but last week when I was in the area, I saw a large number of work trucks with out-of-state license plates on them, so I find it difficult to believe them. Join me in voting yes to reject the CMP corridor.