Midcoast Forecast – September 22, 2021

CAMDEN — Sandi Howard of “No CMP Corridor” talked to us about Question 1 on the November ballot during a video interview Sept. 23.

Question 1 asks, “Do you want to ban the construction of high-impact electric transmission lines in the Upper Kennebec Region and to require the Legislature to approve all other such projects anywhere in Maine, both retroactively to 2020, and to require the Legislature, retroactively to 2014, to approve by a two-thirds vote such projects using public land?”

A “Yes” vote supports a ban on the construction of high-impact electric transmission lines and would require the state Legislature to approve such projects through a two-thirds majority vote.

A “No” vote supports allowing the construction of the corridor project.

Those who support a “yes” vote argue the so-called CMP Corridor would clear cut a 53-mile line through an environmentally significant forest and wildlife habitat to serve the needs of out-of-state ratepayers and companies, while doing nearly nothing to help Mainers.

Those supporting a “no” vote shifted their focus from the project itself to the ballot wording, arguing this endangers future business investment in Maine by allowing for retroactive legislation.

Howard talked to us about all of these issues and more. In addition, we extended an offer to the other side to do a similar video interview with us in the near future.