LISTEN: Saviello on WSKW

Click HERE to listen on WSKW as Tom Saviello discusses, a leading opponent of The Corridor and with the Me DEP suspending the permit for it yesterday.., is that the end of the Corridor? 

Lincoln LTE: Viewpoint: Mainers have spoken (about the corridor)

Mount Desert Islander On Nov. 2, the people of Maine voted, by an overwhelming majority of 59 to 41, to stop the New England Clean Energy Corridor (NECEC). And yet, CMP continues, aided by the inaction of Governor Mills and the Maine DEP, to clearcut our forest, in blatant disregard of the will of the people. Which begs the question: Are we in a Democracy or a Corporatocracy here?   Continue reading

Squaring off with CMP’s parent, Maine’s top attorney defends anti-corridor law in court

Bangor Daily News The battle over Maine’s $1 billion hydropower corridor continued Wednesday when the attorney general asked a court to deny a request by the project’s builder to block the Nov. 2 anti-corridor referendum that voters passed overwhelmingly. In a 36-page filing to the Maine Business and Consumer Court in Portland, Attorney General Aaron Frey’s office argued that Avangrid Networks’ and NECEC Transmission’s claims for the preliminary injunction lack merit. Avangrid, the parent company of both Central Maine Power Co. and NECEC, the entity building the corridor, filed a lawsuit the day after the election saying the referendum was unconstitutional. The state’s stance is notable given Gov. Janet Mills’ pro-corridor position, although the Democrat urged the corridor’s builders to stop construction last week, which they did within hours. With millions of dollars in business and hundreds of jobs at stake, CMP and its allies have a narrower path to defending the project after the Maine Department of Environmental Protection cited the referendum in suspending a key permit this week. Continue reading

After license suspension, power line’s future hangs on pending court challenges

Portland Press Herald Action late Tuesday by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection to suspend the New England Clean Energy Connect’s construction license places the project’s future in court, with a critical hurdle pending for Dec. 15. That’s when NECEC Transmission LLC and Avangrid Networks, of which Central Maine Power is a part, will ask a judge in Maine’s Business and Consumer Court for a preliminary injunction, a request to keep a law passed by voters this month from taking effect on Dec. 19. The business court is a branch of Maine Superior Court that litigates business disputes. Continue reading

Maine attorney general defends voters’ termination of controversial corridor project

WMTW-8 Maine’s attorney general filed court papers on Wednesday defending the state’s recent referendum that banned construction of a controversial electricity transmission corridor through the Western Maine woods sought by the state’s largest utility, Central Maine Power. In their 36-page brief filed in Maine Business and Consumer Court, Attorney General Aaron Frey and Assistant Attorney General Jonathon Bolton represent the parties sued by CMP subsidiary, New England Clean Energy Connect (NECEC), which manages the 145-mile project, and its domestic parent company, Avangrid. The defendants are the Bureau of Public Lands, the Maine Public Utilities Commission, and the Maine Legislature. Continue reading

State environmental regulators weigh legality of power corridor license after Question 1 vote

Maine Public Radio State environmental regulators are in the midst of a day-long hearing to consider revoking or suspending Central Maine Power's license to build its controversial power corridor through western Maine. The testimony comes in the wake of overwhelming voter approval of a ballot measure that aims to kill the project. Continue reading

Maine DEP weighs legality of power corridor license in wake of Question 1 vote

Portland Press Herald Opponents and supporters of the controversial New England Clean Energy Connect took turns Monday debating detailed legal ramifications at a hearing that will help determine whether a pending law approved by voters on Nov. 2 compels Maine’s Department of Environmental Protection to suspend or revoke the project’s license. Project opponents argued that the vote aimed at banning “high-impact” transmission lines in Maine’s upper Kennebec region and the pending law to put it into effect should be assumed to be constitutional unless a court says otherwise. Continue reading

Siens LTE: DEP should shut down corridor construction

Kennebec Journal The nearly 60% of people who voted on Question 1 were sick of lies. More than $72 million was spent in lying to the public about the so-called clean energy benefits of clear-cutting 53 miles of Maine forest. Continue reading

C. Howard OpEd: The DEP must permanently stop construction of the CMP corridor

Bangor Daily News I am one of hundreds of Mainers who helped collect over 80,000 signatures to get Question 1 on the 2021 ballot, and one of hundreds of thousands of Mainers who voted yes to reject the CMP corridor on Nov. 2.  Last week, Secretary of State Shenna Bellows  certified the election results, and on Friday, Gov. Janet Mills signed the proclamation, so Question 1 will become law on Dec. 19. Continue reading

DuBois LTE: DEP needs to do its job and halt the corridor

Bangor Daily News Every day since the overwhelming passage of Question 1, with Central Maine Power ignoring its outcome and continuing its cutting in the Upper Kennebec valley, I send an email. That email is to the Maine Department of Environmental Protection asking to suspend all work on the corridor. Yet, the cutting continues at a vigorous pace. Continue reading