PRESS RELEASE: Election Results Certified by SOS

PRESS RELEASE: Election Results Certified by SOS

Governor Mills has until Thanksgiving Day to Issue Proclamation of results that will become law no later than Christmas Day

AUGUSTA - The Secretary of State officially certified the results of the Question 1 referendum yesterday. Governor Mills now has nine days to issue a proclamation of the results, meaning the referendum will become law no later than Christmas Day. No CMP Corridor now calls on the Mills administration, and the Department of Environmental Protection, to immediately halt construction of the CMP Corridor. 

Tom Saviello, the lead petitioner, said, "With the results of the November 2 referendum now certified, it's time for the DEP to step up and stay the permit to prevent further unnecessary destruction to a special part of Maine. The people have spoken; there will be no high impact transmission lines in the Upper Kennebec Region like the CMP Corridor."

Sandi Howard, the volunteer Director of No CMP Corridor said, "More than 80,000 Mainers signed to initiate Question 1, and it passed overwhelmingly on November 2nd. Mainers do not want high impact transmission lines through the Upper Kennebec Region, and they are concerned about the illegal lease that was granted to CMP for the NECEC project. We now call on Commissioner Loyzim to honor the pending law, the Maine Constitution and the will of the people. Stop the destruction now."

Senator Rick Bennett, the lead Republican on the ENR Committee said, "As a member of the committee that oversees the Department of Environmental Protection, I call on the Department today to honor the will of Maine voters by immediately suspending NECEC's permit. As of today, no viable alternative route has been presented to avoid the one-mile gap resulting from the Black v Cutko case, and construction of this type of powerline in the Upper Kennebec Region will be illegal within a matter of weeks. There is no legal path forward for the CMP Corridor project, so it's time for the Department to step in to protect Maine's environment from further devastation by these foreign interests."

Representative Lori Gramlich, a member of the ENR Committee said, "Last summer, I personally visited the clear cut in Segment 1 to gain a deeper understanding of the impact the CMP Corridor is having on the north Maine woods. What I witnessed was total devastation, and a clear cut that was twice as wide as the permit intended. I'm relieved that the people of Maine resoundingly voted to ban high impact transmission lines like NECEC in the Upper Kennebec Region. I call on the DEP to put Maine's environment ahead of the interests of CMP's shareholders and the taxpayers of Quebec. Stop construction now! The voters have spoken, and the results were clear."

Showing 1 reaction

Please check your e-mail for a link to activate your account.
  • Mike Gilmore
    commented 2021-11-16 17:38:48 -0500
    Thank you Jesus for saving God’s country!