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Letter to the Editor: Vote against CMP corridor project

There are many reasons Mainers are against this proposed CMP corridor project. Their assertion this will reduce overall greenhouse gases has shown to be false. This project is solely a for-profit venture which will only pad the bank accounts of HQ and CMP, Avangrid, Iberdola.

The source of this power from mega-dams in Canada have proven to be environmentally destructive, poisons and displaces native people and disrupts nutrients which sustain ocean fisheries.

The potential disruption to wild Brook trout and the Blueback trout, a rare sub-species of Arctic Char in their stronghold of the western Maine mountains should have garnered extra scrutiny from the DEP. These trout depend on cold clean water for their future survival.

CMP has also not been accountable to Maine's ratepayers for their meter and billing debacle which has put many in a position to either pay exorbitant electric bills or put food on the table or pay rents and mortgages. This proposed project should have been put on hold for this reason alone since there has not been any resolution. CMP has profited enough already off the backs of hard working Maine people.

We will have our say in November by voting Yes to stop this madness.

John Meagher
North Berwick

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  1. "This project is solely a for-profit venture which will only pad the bank accounts of HQ and CMP, Avangrid, Iberdola." and there is the crux of the matter. Stinking companies making a profit, how dare they!!!

  2. The blueback or sunapee(actual name) trout IS a wild native brook trout, in fact it is the only native species of brook trout Maine has, and they are not all that rare, they are not even a protected fish, and can be found pretty much everywhere. Those displaced natives that the opposition loves to talk about, in 1973 Canada gave them back a huge chunk of land that had previously been British held before Canada got it. In 1976 those same natives voted to sell almost 1/4 of the land back to Canada for $23 million(over $100 million today), special hunting, fishing and trapping rights and the ability to self govern, knowing full well what Quebec had planned for the land. In 2014, those natives leased another huge chunk of land to a diamond mining outfit called Stornoway, who then dug the Renard mine that the natives work at and the tribes get a sizeable kickback from, some $14 million in 6 years.

  3. HB, where do you get your information? It's WRONG

    brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis)
    blueback/sunappee are not the same - Salvelinus alpinus oquassa

    They share a genus THE END. Get it right or don't get it at all.

  4. Hey Ozerki,

    Not wrong, just mislabled, it should be "Maine's native char" not "Maine's native brook trout" I noticed the error AFTER I hit the submit button, by then it was too late to fix, thank for being a good person and so eloquently pointing out the error.

  5. Funny how the author starts with 'Mainers are against this'. The attempt to mislead is obvious, as if 'all' Mainers, or even a majority are against this.

    If I had time to protest, rally, and write letters to the editor, I could just as easily and just as factually write a letter that starts 'Mainers are for this'. But alas, making a living beckons.

  6. Ftown...and yet here you are...

  7. HB, just taking a page from your 'book'. At least you finally found the word 'eloquently'. Like you are ever diplomatic and obliging in your comments? At least you acknowledged an error. You are growing up, HB! Well done. Next time I will choose my words more carefully if you promise the same. Stay cool and safe.

  8. Everything John says above is the absolute truth.

    One might add that CMP and Hydro--Quebec, two foreign owned companies, are slated to make BBBBillions on this project and will continue to flood the airwaves with falsehoods and sue the people of Maine incessantly to keep us from having a say in this region altering project.

    Thats right, 2 foreign companies, slated to profit off the exploitation on Maine, are suing to keep us from voting on this project. if we allow this, whats next?