The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) endorses the Yes on 1

MOFGA

The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) endorses the Yes on 1 Campaign to stop the Central Maine Power (CMP) Corridor project, also known as the New England Clean Energy Connect, and urges members to vote Yes on 1.

CMP seeks to deliver Canadian hydropower to Massachusetts via powerlines that would run 145 miles from the western Maine-Canada border near Beattie Township to Lewiston, where power would then flow to the energy grid through a new converter station. CMP also is considering installing additional lines on its existing infrastructure on a corridor in the Midcoast between Windsor and Woolwich. This project would not provide energy to Maine residents or businesses. Maine should not be an extension cord for Massachusetts.

We believe that this project will do irreparable harm to Maine’s environment, will not benefit Maine’s people or economy, and will detract from Maine’s essential Climate Action Plan. The Corridor would damage important wildlife habitat in 263 wetlands, crossing 200 rivers and streams in North America’s largest contiguous temperate forest.

This project is also illegal. CMP violated the Maine Constitution and state law by obtaining an illegal lease to cross public lands without a two-thirds vote of the Legislature. A State Superior Court Judge has terminated CMP’s lease which puts the corridor’s future in jeopardy.

The corridor could suppress the growth of in-state renewable energy by potentially clogging up Maine’s power grid and preventing local renewable energy projects from exporting their energy. It also would jeopardize established and new guiding and tourism industries in rural communities adjacent to the transmission line.

Megadam projects like Hydro-Quebec’s are not solutions to the climate crisis or other environmental problems. Dams degrade water quality, slowing the flow of water, blocking fish, sediment and nutrients. They displace people, are expensive, can lead to flooding and erosion, and can increase diseases in humans. When we consider the ecological impacts of the proposed corridor, we have to think about the source of the power that would flow through the corridor.

MOFGA has great concerns about the adverse impacts of HydroQuebec’s mega dams on the Indigenous communities that have depended on the balance of the natural ecosystems for thousands of years. Hydro-Quebec has resettled thousands of First Nation communities and devastated their traditional fishing and hunting grounds.

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  • Sandra Howard
    published this page in News 2021-10-20 08:43:44 -0400