Enviro group: Hydro contract bad for Maine

Whitewater Rafting in the Kennebec Gorge

Susan Ely, from the Natural Resource Council of Maine, is joining the Sierra Club and explains why the 145 mile transmission project is a financial scam by CMP will do nothing to reduce emissions and will destroy much of the wilderness of Maine. It is very clear that CMP is trying to usurp large amounts of cash from the ratepayers and taxes of Maine for a project that has no redeeming value. We have to strike back NOW to make sure this CMP boondoggle never gets built. Remember in November that elections have consequences. We have been fortunate to have LePage for the last eight years and we need to remember that whoever comes next has the same mindset.

While I wholeheartedly agree with Susan, there are deeper rooted reasons why the project should not be built. The whole scam of trying to make "clean" energy has led to us spending trillions of dollars and getting NOTHING in return. There are no rules to make Canada NOT use fossil fuels to fill in where needed for both domestic and foreign supplies of energy. Destroying our landscape from the Appalachian Trail to The Kennebec Gorge is useless and destructive for absolutely no reason.

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Comment by Frank J. Heller, MPA on August 17, 2018 at 1:14pm

It offers grid stability, adequacy, and reliability at a 20 yr. contract. 

It's GREEN in the sense it will curb the need for more wind and solar farms that are grid tied; and in the sense that if you look at the damage to the forest from wind/solar farms that can match its carrying capacity, you're trading off one corridor for many.

Comment by Thinklike A. Mountain on August 17, 2018 at 11:55am
Comment by Eskutassis on August 16, 2018 at 5:21pm

Frank Heller.

While this is about whitewater rafters, this project will not effect "climate change" in the least, in fact it will more than likely raise CO2 levels, thought that is a farce. Besides that, it is to be shipped to Massachusetts, Conn and RI. Maine has enough power production for our current population and we are NOT part of the power purchase.  

Comment by Nancy Sosman on August 16, 2018 at 4:52pm

How "Green" is this energy?
#1 Thousands of workers driving to job site in cars, trucks and heavy equipment.(Gas, oil and exhaust)
#2 Thousands of workers producing hundreds of miles of cable, towers and metal hardware thru production plants.(Gas, oil and exhaust) (Steel plant discharge)
#3 Hundreds of miles, hundreds of feet wide corridor cut thru the most pristine forest on the east coast.(Gas, oil and exhaust)
#4 Thousands of square miles effected visually by a scare in the landscape.
#5 Thousands of square miles of watershed devastated by runoff from the disruption of brook, stream and river habitat and hundreds of species of wildlife disrupted by construction activities.
Whomever thinks this is "Green" energy is clearly interested in one thing, "Green money"! NO C.M.P. CORRIDOR!
Thank you for allowing me to vent folks.
Go for a hike, paddle or bike ride in the effected area and see for yourself what will be lost, please! 

Comment by Frank J. Heller, MPA on August 16, 2018 at 4:32pm

A handful of vocal whitewater rafting and kayaking advocates and businesses are attacking a project which won't affect their sport/business, but will reduce the cost and reliability of energy for hundreds of thousands of Mainers and businesses.

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Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT (excerpts) From Part 1 – On Maine’s Wind Law “Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine if the law’s goals were met." . – Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, August 2010  http://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/From Part 2 – On Wind and Oil Yet using wind energy doesn’t lower dependence on imported foreign oil. That’s because the majority of imported oil in Maine is used for heating and transportation. And switching our dependence from foreign oil to Maine-produced electricity isn’t likely to happen very soon, says Bartlett. “Right now, people can’t switch to electric cars and heating – if they did, we’d be in trouble.” So was one of the fundamental premises of the task force false, or at least misleading?"  http://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-swept-task-force-set-the-rules/From Part 3 – On Wind-Required New Transmission Lines Finally, the building of enormous, high-voltage transmission lines that the regional electricity system operator says are required to move substantial amounts of wind power to markets south of Maine was never even discussed by the task force – an omission that Mills said will come to haunt the state.“If you try to put 2,500 or 3,000 megawatts in northern or eastern Maine – oh, my god, try to build the transmission!” said Mills. “It’s not just the towers, it’s the lines – that’s when I begin to think that the goal is a little farfetched.” http://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/flaws-in-bill-like-skating-with-dull-skates/

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