NECEC to suspend construction on controversial corridor


PORTLAND (WGME) -- New England Clean Energy Connect has announced that they will temporarily suspend construction of their controversial corridor project.

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NECEC President and CEO Thorn Dickinson says that while they believe a recently passed initiative to stop the corridor is unconstitutional, the will suspend construction while the matter goes through the court system.

“The recently passed initiative is and remains unconstitutional. While the NECEC project will continue to vigorously pursue all legal avenues, the company has decided to temporarily suspend construction of the project until such time that the court acts upon our motion for a preliminary injunction.
This was not an easy decision. Suspending construction will require the layoff of more than 400 Mainers just as the holiday season begins. It will also require the suspension of millions of dollars in future benefit payments being made to customers, businesses and host communities.
It is ironic that the day after our fossil fuel opponents were awarded a more than 80% raise, paid for by hard working Mainers, we are now being forced to layoff workers and suspend benefit payments to the state. It’s a valuable return on their more than $25 million political investment, while Mainers bear the environmental and economic cost.”

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  • Sandra Howard
    published this page in News 2021-11-19 16:50:16 -0500