AUGUSTA (WGME) -- The Maine Department of Environmental Protection is considering suspending the permit for the CMP corridor project.
In a letter to New England Clean Energy Connect leaders, DEP Commissioner Melanie Loyzim cites a Superior Court decision earlier this week, vacating CMP’s lease that would allow the project to cross public lands.
Loyzim writes that “the Court’s decision represents a change in circumstances that may warrant a suspension of the NECEC Order.”
If a suspension is imposed, it would be in effect until one of the following happens:
- The Court’s decision is reversed and the lease is reinstated
- A new lease is entered into
- The Department approves an amended order re-routing that portion of the transmission line
Opponents of the project say it’s a win for the people of Maine.
"As I've said all along, CMP and the State did not follow our statutes and constitution in issuing the lease to cross public lands, and because of that, this entire project is unlawful until the proper process has been followed. I am pleased to see Commissioner Loyzim stepping up at this point to do the right thing,” said Tom Saviello, the lead petitioner of the referendum effort to let Maine voters decide on the project in November.
According to the letter, CMP and NECEC have 14 days to request a hearing.
CBS13 has reached out to an NECEC spokesperson for comment.
This story will be updated.