Nicholas LTE: Facts say NECEC ads are misinformation

Kennebec Journal

Ads, op-eds and letters to the editor supporting the New England Clean Energy Connect (NECEC) project have mostly communicated misinformation.

The order from the Department of Environmental Protection that conditionally approved the Central Maine Power Company’s application for the NECEC project includes facts that dispute most of the misinformation from supporters of the NECEC project.

A recent ad from CMP/Avangrid/Iberdrola makes the untrue claim that they will not clear-cut the 54-foot-wide-by 53.1-mile-long transmission line corridor through Segment 1 in the western Maine mountains.

Title 12, section 8868, subsection 1 of the Maine Revised Statutes defines a clear-cut. Pages 4, 43 and 80 of the DEP order describe the 54-foot-wide wire zone clearing that the project will create. The area under the wires will be cleared and “Non-capable species of vegetation will be allowed to regrow in this area after construction, establishing scrub-shrub habitat with a height of approximately 10 feet.” A total of approximately 350 acres will be maintained permanently as scrub shrub under the wires, in effect a permeant clear-cut.

The ad also claims that the NECEC project would not cause the destruction of public reserved land. A complaint filed in Superior Court challenges a lease agreement between CMP and the Bureau of Parks and Lands for the use of public reserved land in Johnson Mountain Township and West Forks Planation for the NECEC project, because it was not publicly disclosed (page 8 of the DEP order), and use of public reserved land would cause environmental damage and substantially alter the use of public reserved land without legislative approval.

The facts are the facts.

John Nicholas


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  • Sandra Howard
    published this page in News 2021-05-22 07:09:13 -0400