CMP corridor debate turns to Maine Legislature’s role in power projects at BDN forum

Bangor Daily News Representatives on both sides of the fight over the $1 billion hydropower corridor debated Wednesday whether lawmakers or regulators should ultimately decide the fate of large-scale transmission projects in a virtual forum hosted by the Bangor Daily News. Mainers will vote Nov. 2 on whether to ban transmission lines in the upper Kennebec River region and require supermajority votes of both legislative chambers on public lands leases retroactive to 2014, provisions aimed at stopping the construction of the 145-mile corridor that would bring Quebec hydropower to the regional grid. Continue reading

Filippone LTE: CMP has pulled the plug on service

Portland Press Herald Why won’t our foreign-owned electric company leave us alone? Why would we want to help make them more money while damaging our woodlands given how they’ve treated us? I’m sure we all have horror stories – these are just a few of mine: • Disconnection – we’ve been CMP customers for decades and have always paid our bills, yet every time I’m late, I get rude notifications that my service will be shut off. • Can I count the number of times my power has gone out? No. Continue reading

WATCH: Maine's ballot Question 1's retroactivity dispute

Click here to watch on News Center Maine AUGUSTA, Maine — "Retroactivity" has become a buzzword throughout this off-season election cycle as there are two retroactive components to Maine ballot Question 1. Question 1 reads:  Do you want to ban the construction of high-impact electric transmission lines in the Upper Kennebec Region and to require the Legislature to approve all other such projects anywhere in Maine, both retroactively to 2020, and to require the Legislature, retroactively to 2014, to approve by a two-thirds vote such projects using public land? The ad campaign opposing Question 1 claims it would give Maine lawmakers increased power. However, that is not true. Continue reading

The Universal Notebook: Question 1 hogwash and greenwash

Portland Phoenix Contractor Larry Grondin is featured in one of the latest Mainers for Fair Laws television ads, telling viewers that his business could be shut down retroactively for something he did legally in the past if Question 1 passes and politicians don’t like him for some odd reason.  Grondin calls Question 1, which seeks to stop the so-called “clean energy” transmission line being pushed by Central Maine Power Co. and Hydro Quebec, “unfair” and “dangerous.” He may believe his spiel, but not a single word Grondin says is true. Question 1 only applies to the New England Clean Energy Connect project. What’s unfair and dangerous is that foreign corporations are spending a small fortune to bamboozle Maine voters with a barrage of broadcast bilge. Continue reading

LISTEN: Yes on 1's Adam Cote on WVOM

Click HERE to listen on WVOM Adam Cote discusses why a YES on 1 vote is so important to Reject the CMP Corridor and provide transparency for future such projects.

McWilliams LTE: Hydro-Quebec’s dirty little secret

Portland Press Herald Ballot Question No. 1 has provoked much commentary and a bombardment of TV ads, but few have talked about Hydro-Quebec’s dirty secret. They flooded thousands of square miles of First Nation lands to create the electricity they are selling. Continue reading

Carol Howard LTE: Join me to oppose CMP corridor

Bangor Daily News I am one of hundreds of volunteers who have been trying to educate Mainers about why the Central Maine Power corridor is a bad deal for Maine. It’s important for voters to understand why a vote of yes on 1 will ban the CMP corridor. It is clear to me that CMP’s front groups are trying to confuse Maine voters and separate the corridor from Question 1. So, here’s the truth about Question 1 – and I’m not a paid spokesperson. Continue reading

Cummings LTE: Reject the CMP corridor

Bangor Daily News Mainers should not be fooled by the distortions coming from the opponents of Question 1. In my opinion, this referendum is about protecting the western Maine mountains.   The first part of the referendum bans high-impact transmission lines in the Upper Kennebec Region. The second part ensures that future projects like this one receive legislative approval to give the people of Maine closer access to the process. Everything else deals with Maine’s public lands. These lands are personally important to me as my father, Robert “Bob” Cummings, long time environmental reporter for the Portland Press Herald, was instrumental in the passage of the constitutional amendment that I believe Central Maine Power has violated. Continue reading

Maloney OpEd: Say ‘enough’ to CMP corridor

Maine Compass The biggest lie of all is CMP’s claim that Question 1 on November’s ballot targets businesses for actions that were done “legally” in the past. As the district attorney for Kennebec and Somerset counties, it is my job to ensure public safety and pursue justice by examining criminal, traffic and civil violations to determine if there is sufficient evidence to prosecute. In this role, it’s critical to advocate for the interest of all victims, respect law enforcement agencies and responsibly steward public resources.While holding offenders accountable, I must also protect their constitutional and legal rights. It’s a delicate balance and a whole lot of work, but I am incredibly proud to provide this service to the people of central Maine.Separate from my role as DA, I’m a longtime volunteer in the effort to stop the CMP corridor because I view it as an environmental scam designed to enrich a few massive foreign-based corporations at the expense of our state’s beauty and people. It is through this lens that I am now sounding the alarm that the many ads we’re seeing in opposition to Question 1, funded by the very same corporations who stand to make billions, are grossly misleading and designed to confuse Maine voters. I fully agree with Portland Press Herald columnist Bill Nemitz that the new narrative pushed by CMP and Hydro-Quebec is “an insult to Maine voters,” “entirely disingenuous” and “painfully transparent.” Continue reading

Indigenous Communities Speak Out on New England Clean Energy Connect (CMP Corridor) and Related Hydroelectric Projects

Bowdoin College As responsible and successful stewards of the land for thousands of years before the arrival of Europeans, the Indigenous peoples of what is now known as New England and eastern Canada have valuable insights into environmental issues affecting the greater region. For centuries, many of these communities have experienced the theft and desecration of their lands in the interest of natural resource extraction. They now face green colonialism as the world’s wealthiest inhabitants clamor for fossil fuel alternatives and again look to lands used by Indigenous communities as locations for their projects. Donald B. MacMillan, Grand Falls [Patshetshuna, Chuchill Falls] of Labrador [Nitassinan] [Prior to Construction of Churchill Falls Generating Station], Mista-Shipu (Churchill River), Nitassinan (Labrador), Canada, probably 1931. Hand-tinted glass lantern slide. Gift of Donald and Miriam MacMillan. Over the course of the past year, several Tribes and First Nations have made powerful public statements, written heartfelt letters to elected officials and regulatory bodies, and stood up in support of one another to make their voices heard on the proposed New England Clean Energy Connect (NECEC, also known as CMP Corridor) and related projects which would carry hydroelectricity from Canada to the northeastern United States. Here are these communities’ official views in their own words: Continue reading