TNC Maine Statement on Construction of the New England Clean Energy Connect Transmission Project

The Nature Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy in Maine provided extensive testimony in the Department of Environmental Protection permit proceedings for the New England Clean Energy Connect (NECEC) transmission project, including recommendations for avoiding, minimizing, and mitigating the proposed project’s habitat fragmentation impacts.

Now, the project’s ability to maintain or obtain right, title, or interest to the full length of the corridor is in question due to the Superior Court ruling in Black v. Cutko and the new law passed by referendum on November 2, 2021, that will, upon taking effect, prohibit transmission lines like the NECEC in the Upper Kennebec Region and require two-thirds approval by the Legislature for such projects crossing public lands.

To prevent unnecessary environmental degradation and habitat fragmentation from construction of a project that may not come into service, TNC in Maine is calling for a halt to construction of the project until Black v. Cutko and NECEC LLC/Avangrid’s lawsuit challenging the referendum are resolved.

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  • Sandra Howard
    published this page in News 2021-11-10 11:45:03 -0500