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Maine Supreme Court decrees citizens ballot initiative against utility company CMP project is unconstitutional

By STEVE MISTLER • Aug 13, 2020All Things Considered with Nora Flaherty Article from Maine Public Broadcasting: Listen HERE In a devastating blow to opponents of Central Maine Power’s controversial powerline proposal, the Maine Supreme Judicial Court ruled Thursday that a ballot initiative designed to scuttle the $1 billion project is unconstitutional. The ruling all but ensures that the referendum will not appear on the November ballot, leaving the project’s many detractors to continue the fight on the permitting and legislative front. The law court’s 30-page ruling stunned supporters of a ballot initiative that many hoped would deal a lethal blow to a 145-mile transmission line cutting through western Maine as part of a deal with Massachusetts. The project, known […]

Climate Crisis

Worsening air quality in New Mexico’s Permian Basin ‘cause for concern’

Published in NM Political Report, Aug 3, 2020 By Kendra Chamberlain Jeremy Nichols, director of WildEarth Guardians’ climate and energy program, is concerned about the air people are breathing in southeastern New Mexico. Nichols tracks ozone levels in Eddy and Lea counties, the state’s top oil producing counties in the Permian Basin. In early July, a key ambient air quality […]

Environment

CMP corridor would forever damage Maine forestlands

Oped by Sue Ely, a clean energy attorney for the Natural Resources Council of Maine and Nick Bennett, a NRCM staff scientist. The Central Maine Power corridor proposal would be one of the most damaging projects in Maine history. It would forever harm the state’s brook trout habitat and irreparably scar the North Woods — a globally significant forested landscape […]