NCC Upcoming Action Items: DEP Public hearing and rally

Hello all,

This morning, the Times Record published my recent column calling on CMP to heed the call of Maine voters, who voted overwhelmingly to ban their for-profit corridor. The BDN and PPH editorial boards, who broke in favor of the project during the campaign, are also calling on CMP to do the right thing. But unfortunately CMP has continued clearing a swath through Maine's undeveloped north woods because once a bully, always a bully

While CMP and its parent company continue a line of rhetoric on the inevitability of this project, it's important for Mainers to know, the message sent on November 2nd was strong and we will not tolerate the arrogance of CMP and their partner in crime, Hydro-Quebec.

In the words of Rep. Nicole Grohoski of Ellsworth, "It is time for CMP to do right by this state and by their own customers. Stop construction immediately. To do otherwise is an affront to Maine people and our right to self-governance." 

There are two important opportunities coming up for you to add your voice to the growing calls for CMP to cease and desist. 

Rally to Stop CMP: Honor the Vote on Question 1

Please join us for a peaceful rally on November 18 from 12-1 pm outside the Maine DEP (28 Tyson Dr, Augusta) to demand an immediate halt to the construction of the CMP Corridor! On November 2, Maine voters overwhelmingly voted 59%-41% to terminate the CMP corridor, yet CMP continues to cut and clear trees through western Maine as if nothing happened. CMP must be stopped! The will of Maine people must be honored! We need to keep the pressure on the Maine Department of Environmental Protection to place a stay on CMP’s construction permit to stop the cutting immediately.

During the rally, we will have a short lineup of speakers, stickers, and signs. Together, we’ll make our voices heard! Please bring a homemade sign and please wear a mask to the event. Parking is available on site. We suggest you park in lot #9 on Piggery Road and use the crosswalk to cross Hospital Street.

NRCM, our partner for the event, has requested attendees to RSVP here.

In light of the overwhelming passage of Question 1, the DEP has called a second public hearing for the public to weigh in on the status of the DEP permit for the CMP Corridor. We need as many activists to speak as possible.

DEP Public Hearing to Consider Suspension of NECEC Permit

Who: Maine Department of Environmental Protection
What: Public hearing to consider suspension of the DEP permit for NECEC in light of the passage of Question 1
When: Monday, November 22 at 5:30 pm
Where: Via Zoom (link will be located here)

Members of the public wishing to testify are asked to register to speak by contacting Ruth Ann Burke at [email protected] by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, November 15, 2021. Individuals who do not register in advance to speak may be allowed to testify, time permitting. If you are unavailable to participate in the hearing, but you would still like to contribute comments to the official record, email your written comments to [email protected] before the hearing on November 22.

Suggested themes to include in your remarks:

  • The people of Maine voted 59-41 to ban the CMP Corridor, so construction must stop immediately
  • The new law poses a significant change in circumstances that warrants the immediate suspension of the DEP permit
  • DEP must act now to protect Maine's environment from unnecessary damage for a project that is likely be halted by the courts

We hope to see you at these events! 

Thank you!
Sandi

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  • Sandra Howard
    published this page in News 2021-11-12 08:15:46 -0500