Opponents Of CMP Transmission Line Try — Once Again — To Get The Issue On The Ballot

Maine Public Opponents of a 145-mile proposed transmission line through Western Maine are launching a second effort to let voters have a say on the project. Several opponents filed paperwork this week for a new referendum against the controversial Central Maine Power proposal. Earlier this year, the groups gathered enough signatures on a ballot measure requiring the Maine Public Utilities Commission to reverse its approval of the project, but the state Supreme Court ruled it unconstitutional. Continue reading

WATCH: Opponents launch two new efforts to block CMP transmission line

WGME-13 Click HERE to watch. AUGUSTA (WGME) -- Two new efforts are underway this week to try to block Central Maine Power's proposed transmission line, but supporters are confident it will move forward. "I want Mainers to have a choice," No CMP Corridor group leader Tom Saviello said. Continue reading

CMP corridor opponents launch second referendum effort

Portland Press Herald Opponents of the planned New England Clean Energy Connect electric transmission line through western Maine are launching another effort to try to defeat the project at the ballot box. Continue reading

New referendum bid guarantees CMP corridor will be lasting issue in Maine politics

Bangor Daily News The political conversation around the controversial hydropower corridor proposal will not be going away anytime soon. The Maine Supreme Judicial Court’s ruling last month that a 2020 referendum effort to block Central Maine Power’s New England Clean Energy Connect project was unconstitutional was a major blow to opponents. Before Wednesday, it seemed as though the narrow path for opponents of the project went through the Maine courts. Continue reading

LISTEN: WVOM interview with Tom Saviello - second referendum

WVOM-FM Radio Listen by clicking HERE. Tom Saviello discusses the CMP corridor opponent's second referendum to defeat the CMP corridor. Aiming for the November 2021 ballot.

CMP corridor opponents launch 2nd referendum bid aimed at killing the project

Bangor Daily News AUGUSTA, Maine — Opponents of Central Maine Power’s proposed corridor launched a second referendum bid on Wednesday intended to pressure lawmakers to overturn the $1 billion project, but it could face issues similar to an initial bid struck from the 2020 ballot. Continue reading

Both sides agree: CMP Corridor a bad deal

The Ellsworth American Dear Editor: Rep. Grohoski’s opinion piece about the CMP Corridor was recently criticized by Mr. Tim Plouff of Otis. I would like to rebut a few of his statements. First, CMP’s corridor project is one of the most unifying issues of our time. Opposition is highly bipartisan, with lawmakers and everyday citizens from all across the political spectrum represented. Take, for example, the fact that Rep. Grohoski is a Democrat and I’m a Republican. Some oppose it because they are concerned about environmental implications and others because of the economic implications, but together, all opponents agree that CMP’s corridor is a bad deal for Maine. Continue reading

CMP, Avangrid spent dark money to drum up support for controversial power corridor on top of record-breaking $11.3M public campaign

The Maine Monitor Central Maine Power Co. and its parent company funneled thousands of dollars through the Maine State Chamber of Commerce to tout a construction plan to bring Canadian hydropower to Massachusetts through western Maine — a project that’s expected to earn the utility $1.95 billion over the next 20 years. Continue reading

9.13 Newsletter

Hello Friend, This week, author and conservationist Stephen Kasprzak published a fantastic piece in the Lewiston Sun Journal that really highlighted the need for the Army Corp. of Engineers (the Corp) to really kick the tires and look under the hood before issuing a permit for their supposed “clean” energy corridor with CMP. Before this project, I have to admit that I knew very little about the extensive damage that large scale dams and impoundments, like the ones built by Hydro-Quebec, have on our environment and the people who have to live with them. The more I’ve learned on this topic, over the course of our 2-year-long campaign to stop this terrible project, the more I’ve come to realize that there’s nothing “clean” about them. They are devastating for the local people and ecosystems, and they contribute to the warming of our oceans and atmosphere.   Continue reading

Environmental impact study needed for Hydro-Quebec’s reservoir dams

Lewiston Sun Journal Maine’s media remains saturated by conflicting opinions regarding the recent Maine Supreme Court decision removing the November ballot referendum for Central Maine Power’s billion-dollar New England Clean Energy Connect in partnership with Hydro-Quebec. The utilities spent $16 million on media propaganda, describing this as a “green energy” project. Not so. Continue reading