5/30/21 Newsletter

Hello Friends, Thanks to all of you who were able to join us at the Zoom meeting this week. It was so nice to share our campaign update and answer your questions. If you tuned into our Facebook this week, you likely saw that we held a press conference to unveil some rather upsetting news. It turns out that CMP is misleading the people of Maine about the width of the corridor route they are clear cutting, and we’ve confirmed this lie with video footage and photographs.  Continue reading

Sen. Maxmin urges Gov. Mills to let voters decide on CMP transmission project

Penobscot Bay Pilot AUGUSTA — Maine State Senator Chloe Maxmin, a Democrat representing Senate District 13, joined House District 101 Representative Jennifer Poirier, R-Skowhegan, in calling on Governor Janet Mills to let Maine people decide the question of whether or not to proceed with the New England Clean Energy Connect (NECEC) project. In a May 27 letter, the lawmakers called upon the Governor to “use whatever influence and authority you have to ensure that voters will decide this important issue, not construction equipment,” and urged the Governor to “support the right of Maine people to decide the question of whether or not to proceed.”  Continue reading

After receiving complaint, state says CMP-backed corridor complying with permit for tree-cutting

Portland Press Herald State environmental regulators said Friday that the developer of a transmission line is complying with a permit to clear trees along the corridor despite allegations that contractors cut too wide a swath through western Maine’s forests. Earlier in the week, opponents of the new transmission line accused Central Maine Power-backed project known as New England Clean Energy Connect of misleading the public about the width of a corridor that is being cleared for the $1 billion project. They also alleged that contractors had potentially violated the permit by “clear-cutting” a wider corridor. During a briefing Friday morning with state lawmakers, representatives from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection said a monitor visited the one site depicted in a video sent to the agency. That visit, as well as ongoing monitoring of the vegetative removal, showed no violations, they said. Continue reading

Stop the CMP western Maine corridor

Portland Press Herald The people of Maine need to pay attention and see what’s really happening with CMP and it’s owners: Avangrid from Canada and Iberdrola from Spain. They think we are stupid, but they have underestimated the people of Maine! Continue reading

Survey USA: CMP Corridor Leads by Double Digits

Click HERE to read the full results from Survey USA 2021’s CMP Corridor ballot measure has 5:3 support statewide, with 48% today saying they support that measure (25% strongly suppose, 23% somewhat support) and 32% saying they are opposed (14% somewhat oppose, 18% strongly oppose). 19% aren’t sure. Support for this measure today is strongest among those identifying as “conservative” on a 5-point ideological scale, who back the measure by a 37-point margin; support is least strong among those aged 50 to 64 and political moderates, who effectively are evenly split. (* Strong support for the referendum means a VOTE YES TO REJECT THE CMP CORRIDOR.) Continue reading

LISTEN: Mike Violette & Tom Saviello

Click HERE to listen on Legacy 1160 WSKW Mike Violette writes, "Is CMP up to some shenanigans with clear cutting on the Corridor? And, what's the wording going to be on the referendum question that we'll be voting on this November on whether to keep the Corridor or repeal it? Tom Saviello from No CMP Corridor joined me today to discuss these issues and more."

Partridge-Barber LTE: ‘Clean Energy Matters,’ but not to CMP

Portland Press Herald We’ve been hearing the phrase “Clean Energy Matters” a lot lately, and it does matter – but not to Central Maine Power. Don’t be fooled by high-price marketing campaigns. The corridor will not supply green energy, and CMP knows it. In 2019, then-Sen. Brownie Carson introduced L.D. 640 – To Require A Study of Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reductions from the Proposed Central Maine Power Company Transmission Corridor. The bill would have required CMP to prove that their proposed corridor through Maine’s wilderness would reduce greenhouse gases. CMP paid $250,000 to lobby against the bill. L.D .640 passed both the House and Senate. It was vetoed by Gov. Mills. CMP opposed this study knowing it would reveal that the corridor will not reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. At a March 2019 Wiscasset Select Board meeting, CMP spokesperson John Carroll, when asked about the corridor’s role in combating climate change, said that although CMP expected the corridor to make a difference in reducing emissions, they wouldn’t guarantee it. “That’s not our job. That’s not our business,” he said. Why did CMP spend a quarter million dollars to stop this study if the corridor is truly a green-energy project? CMP has been lobbying against solar and other small-scale renewable-energy projects for years. And now they claim that a long-distance power line (which is highly profitable for CMP) is the clean-energy answer? I am dubious. I am putting my faith in local people and local initiatives, not CMP. I am voting “yes” to reject the CMP corridor in November. Amy Partridge-BarberCape Elizabeth

LISTEN: 5/26/21 WVOM interview w/ Sandi Howard

Click HERE to listen NCC's Sandi Howard provides an update on the opposition to the CMP corridor.

Wording approved for power line ballot question

Portland Press Herald The wording of a referendum question that will appear on the Nov. 2 ballot, prompted by opponents of the New England Clean Energy Connect transmission line, has been approved by Maine’s secretary of state. Continue reading