Poirier LTE: Letter to the editor: Resist CMP’s pressure tactics – vote ‘yes’ to reject corridor

Portland Press Herald As a state representative, I can tell you that Central Maine Power is not telling the truth. CMP is talking out of both sides of its mouth. CMP’s army of lobbyists is back at it again, infiltrating our Maine State House and subverting our democracy. Continue reading

WATCH: Lawmakers say Maine DEP not doing its job in oversight of CMP corridor

Watch here on WABI-5 AUGUSTA, Maine (WABI) - A group of lawmakers say the Maine Department of Environmental Protection isn’t doing its job when it comes to Central Maine Power’s corridor project. During a virtual press conference Wednesday, the group of four stated that after touring multiple locations along Segment 1 of the corridor in Western Maine, it was clear to them the project was in violation of tapering conditions. Continue reading

Harth LTE: Vote yes to reject CMP corridor

Daily Bulldog Greed and hypocrisy rule the likes of Iberdrola and Avangrid, CMP’s corporate owners. We know natural gas and wind are part of their “competitive” and highly lucrative global portfolio. Obviously, the Clean Energy Matters ads will never disclose that fact. Nor will they mention that Iberdrola’s CEO, Ignacio Sanchez Galan, is once again under investigation for RICO-type violations committed over the last 15 years. Continue reading

WATCH: No CMP Corridor July Campaign Update

Watch this month's campaign update featuring Senator Rick Bennett, Senator Russell Black and former State Senator Tom Saviello. They discuss how CMP is not currently meeting the conditions of the DEP permit and call on volunteers to contact the DEP and BEP. Click HERE: https://fb.watch/v/3XERhnC6k/

Lawmakers Investigate CMP Power Line Construction, Join Calls for Halt

Maine Public Local residents and lawmakers opposed to the western Maine hydropower corridor initiated by Central Maine Power sent two separate pleas to the state Commissioner of Environmental Protection Wednesday, calling for a halt to project operations. They say that work in the most ecologically sensitive areas has violated permit requirements for tree-cutting and runoff. Continue reading

These are America’s 10 worst states for infrastructure [Maine is #1]

CNBC.com A new federal infrastructure package from Capitol Hill can’t come a moment too soon for a nation whose basic underpinnings have kept crumbling as Washington, D.C., works on a deal. It also comes at a time when infrastructure has taken on new importance as the nation emerges from the Covid-19 pandemic. Indeed, the very definition of infrastructure has been part of the most recent debate. The rise in remote work has put a new premium on broadband connectivity. Disastrous and deadly winter power outages in Texas exposed nationwide vulnerabilities in the electrical grid. And companies that are re-thinking their dense, urban environments are looking for places to spread out. In CNBC’s 2021 America’s Top States for Business study, our Infrastructure category carries more weight than ever before — worth 15% of the total points. We rate the states on multiple components of their infrastructure, including roads and bridges, utilities, connectivity, sustainability, and sites available for development. Some states score highly on infrastructure.   Continue reading

CMP denies lawmakers’ claim that it can’t meet tree-cutting requirements on corridor project

Bangor Daily News A $1 billion hydropower corridor continues to draw controversy as legislators who visited the first segment of the project in a remote part of Somerset County said Wednesday that the utility in charge of it cannot meet permit requirements, a claim the company denied. The legislators said the nature and age of the forest prevents a Central Maine Power Co. affiliate from being able to meet the tapering requirements in the permit, so tree-cutting should be stopped until protections are put into place. Continue reading

Caruso OpEd: Vote YES to Save Maine

MD Islander As an intervenor in the three state permitting proceedings, I am personally acquainted with the expert testimonies and evidence submitted for the NECEC project. Testifying at the Legislature, I witnessed a foreign-corporate army of lobbyists hammering upon our citizen legislators.   I am writing to conscientious, knowledgeable Maine citizens who are concerned about Maine’s economy, climate future, a green pathway with its associated implications.  Continue reading

Howard Rebuttal to Porter: Protect Maine's way of life

MD Islander The CMP corridor is widely detested across Maine. I’m proud to represent 10,000 grassroots activists who have worked tirelessly for three years to stand up to these foreign corporations. CMP constantly dismisses the grassroots opposition because they know their project is in jeopardy with the pending vote this November. This is a true David and Goliath scenario, and yes, I have said that we welcome the help to fund our anti-corridor campaign because we don’t have bottomless pockets like CMP/Avangrid/Iberdrola. Companies like Patagonia, Food & Water Watch, Calpine, and NextEra are siding with Mainers by protecting the Upper Kennebec Region from harmful development. That’s beneficial to Maine.   Continue reading

Harrison LTE: Megadam hydro 'not clean or renewable'

Michael Oates in his commentary “Investing in upstate renewables will lift all of New York,” June 28, points out that a grid bringing renewable energy downstate benefits both its ends: people upstate get needed jobs and people downstate get cleaner air. Unfortunately, the plan touted by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio is the damaging, short-sighted Hydro-Quebec proposal. Continue reading