Howard LTE: Public lands belong to Maine people

Bangor Daily News

On behalf of thousands of grassroots activist members of Say NO to NECEC, I would like to thank the state senators and representatives who voted in support of the Joint Resolution expressing the sense of the Legislature regarding the use of public land leased by the state.

Regardless of one’s stance on the CMP corridor, we must remember that Maine Public Lands belong to the people of Maine, and that the Constitution was amended in 1993 to require a 2/3 legislative approval for any lease that would cause substantial alteration to public lands. To date, the required vote on CMP’s 33-acre lease in the West Forks for installation of a high-impact transmission line has not occurred.

Cumberland County Superior Court’s Justice Michaela Murphy expressed concern of this mis-step in the process during a recent hearing on CMP’s lease. Murphy said, “That is certainly the concern of the court, because of recognition that I think the court has made that the legislature is supposed to be a constitutional partner and have the final say in these lands… but it seems that there was a concerted effort to keep the Legislature in the dark, both times.”

The Legislature wasn’t given the opportunity by the Bureau of Parks and Lands to vote on behalf of Maine citizens on the CMP lease. There are large concerns about the substantial alteration that would occur with a clear cut through public lands.

Mainers still have a chance to vote YES to stop the CMP corridor this November to preserve their public lands and way of life.

Sandi Howard

Director

Say NO to NECEC

No CMP Corridor

Caratunk

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  • Lucretia Woodruff
    commented 2021-07-25 12:43:42 -0400
    Thank you Sandi!
  • Sandra Howard
    published this page in News 2021-07-21 14:32:36 -0400