Maloney OpEd: Voting yes on Question 1 is right thing to do

Bangor Daily News As the district attorney for Kennebec and Somerset counties, it is my job to seek out the truth in the pursuit of justice. That’s why I feel it necessary to respond to Michael Cianchette’s Oct. 8 BDN column “Battle over CMP corridor belongs in court, not at the ballot box.” Cianchette’s column mirrors the narrative of the “No on 1” side of Question 1, which includes Central Maine Power. CMP’s narrative, I believe, is designed to confuse the voters and divert attention away from their wildly unpopular corridor that would transmit power from Quebec to Massachusetts. This destructive project benefits CMP (a company with a terrible reputation for service and reliability), Hydro-Quebec (owned solely by a foreign government) and Massachusetts, whose residents won’t have to live with the infrastructure necessary to meet its energy goals. Meanwhile, Mainers get pennies per month while the Upper Kennebec Region, one of the crown jewels of our state, is destroyed for a project that, I believe, won’t improve reliability or move Maine towards meeting our clean energy goals. Continue reading

WATCH: Lincoln County Community Conversations about Question 1

Click to watch HERE from LCDC Maine. Discussion took place on October 14, 2021.

WATCH: NRCM ads for Yes on 1

Click HERE to view Yes on 1 ads from our coalition partners at Natural Resources Council of Maine.

LISTEN: Matt Wagner discusses Yes on 1 on WVOM

Click HERE to listen on WVOM Longtime Registered Maine Whitewater guide, Matt Wagner, discusses reasons why we should protect Maine's upper Kennebec Valley region. VOTE YES on 1.

BDN Watch: Wednesday’s Issue Forum on the CMP transmission line referendum

Bangor Daily News CLICK HERE TO WATCH. Last night, 10/13/21, the BDN editorial board moderated a discussion among advocates on both sides of Question 1 on the Nov. 2 ballot. Question 1 relates to New England Clean Energy Connect, a transmission line that would cross about 150 miles of western Maine to bring hydroelectric power from Quebec to Massachusetts as part of that state’s clean energy plans. Representatives from both sides of Question 1 joined us last night to discuss this citizens’ initiative. We are grateful to our readers and event attendees who helped make the discussion a success by sharing questions in advance of, and during, the conversation. Representing Yes on 1: Sandi Howard is a volunteer with the Yes on 1 campaign, a Registered Maine Guide and a teacher.  Adam Cote, head of the Energy Practice Group at Drummond Woodsum, a law firm in Portland, where his practice primarily focuses on renewable energy projects.   Representing No on 1: Ben Dudley is the director of Mainers for Clean Energy Jobs, a coalition of Maine businesses, labor unions, trade associations and environmental leaders.  Adrienne Bennett is the spokesperson for Mainers for Fair Laws, which primarily focuses on the retroactive language in Question 1.  

Sheppard LTE: Power corridor is ‘false green energy’ source

Lewiston Sun Journal I’m sure people have seen ads and signs in support of the New England Clean Energy Connect project. For context, the corridor is a project implemented by multinational corporation Avangrid to help Massachusetts fulfill its renewable energy contracts. The corridor is using hydropower from Canada, building a transmission line through 145 miles of Maine, including 53 miles of new corridor in working forest land. This corridor violates Indigenous rights, written in a press release to the White House and the prime minister of Canada by Indigenous communities in both countries. Information was shared that the “electricity being supplied by Hydro-Québec will be generated by 33 hydroelectric plants that are unconstitutionally located on the ancestral territory of the Innu, Atikamekw and Anishinabek First Nations in Quebec.” Continue reading

WATCH: Mega-Dams, Mega Problems!

Thanks to our coalition partners, Friends of Sebago Lake for this informative presentation on the damage Hydro-Quebec's dams contribute to climate change. Click HERE to watch.

NRCM Endorses Yes on 1

The Natural Resources Council of Maine endorses YES on 1. Watch HERE.

Appalachian Mountain Club Endorses YES on 1

Boston, MA - October 14, 2021 The Appalachian Mountain Club announced today its support for Maine’s Ballot Question #1 to stop the New England Clean Energy Connect (NECEC) powertransmission corridor. The proposed project would establish a 145-mile long above-ground transmission line from Quebec to Massachusetts, crossing through Maine, with 53 miles requiring a new, 150-foot-wide corridor to be cut through the undeveloped forest, including a crossing beneath the Kennebec Gorge. AMC has long opposed the project. “We encourage AMC’s Maine members to vote Yes on 1,” said AMC President & CEO John Judge. Continue reading

Silverstein LTE: Stop transmission line to protect our lands

Kennebec Journal Make no mistake. Maine’s residents do not need Central Maine Power’s proposed transmission line that would carry power from Canada to Massachusetts. It is in Maine’s best interests to stop CMP right now. If we don’t, they will cut a long and wide swath through some of Maine’s last wild area. By giving CMP permission, there would be no turning back.You can’t change your mind later since this untrammeled area would first be clear-cut, then unsightly enormous towers erected.All this for the purpose of making money. Continue reading