Mainers should not be fooled by the lies and distortions coming from the opponents of Question 1. This referendum is about protecting the western Maine mountains.
The first part of the referendum bans high impact transmission lines in the Upper Kennebec Region. The second part ensures that future projects like this one receive legislative oversight to give the people of Maine closer access to the process. Everything else deals with Maine’s public lands. These lands are personally important to me as my father Robert “Bob” Cummings, long time environmental reporter for the Portland Press Herald, was instrumental in the passage of the constitutional amendment that CMP has violated.
There have been a lot of commercials on TV, radio and even paid ads trying to resemble legitimate news sources. There are also ads saying that retroactive laws are bad, but the simple truth is that the leases granted by the Bureau of Public Lands were illegal and unconstitutional.
But to get back to Question 1, the remaining parts of this referendum make clear that high impact transmission lines and other infrastructure projects are deemed to substantially alter public lands and as such are subject to the constitutionally imposed 2/3rds vote of both houses of the legislature. To reiterate, this referendum merely clarifies the laws already on the books to bring them into harmony with the constitution. I urge Mainers to ban/reject this corridor and protect Maine’s public lands by voting Yes on 1 in November.