Other Voices

Maine Environmental Organizations that Oppose the CMP Corridor

Leading environmental organizations in Maine strongly oppose the CMP corridor. These groups are deeply committed to addressing the threat of climate change and protecting Maine’s environment. They are joined by Indigenous people in Maine and Canada who also believe that the CMP corridor would cause too much damage and should be terminated.

Appalachian Mountain Club

“The corridor will fragment Maine’s forest, harming important wildlife habitat and degrading water quality without a guaranteed reduction of the pollution that causes climate change.” – AMC President and CEO John Judge

Sierra Club Maine

“We believe that this project is not good for Mainers and is terrible for the environment…Hydro-Quebec’s dirty energy causes historical food source damage, public health issues, and dislocation effects on the First Nations people of Canada who have lived in the regions impacted by the Megadams for thousands of years.” (source)

Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association

“We believe that this project will do irreparable harm to Maine’s environment, will not benefit Maine’s people or economy, and will detract from Maine’s essential Climate Action Plan.” (source)

Natural Resources Council of Maine

“The CMP corridor would damage our environment with no new benefits for the climate. It’s a bad deal for Mainers. The controversial transmission line would cut a permanent gash through Maine’s western mountains, forever harming a globally significant region that supports a vibrant outdoor recreation economy. CMP and Hydro-Quebec would make billions in profit by sending existing hydropower from Quebec across Maine to get higher prices in Massachusetts.” (source)

Trout Unlimited

“Trout Unlimited’s concern is real, grassroots and based on our fears about the impacts of CMP’s proposed project on brook trout and salmon. It comes directly from our Maine members’ concern about a landscape we’ve worked decades to protect. The project would affect some of the state’s most important brook trout and salmon habitat.” – Jeff Reardon, Maine Brook Trout Project Director

Maine Youth for Climate Justice

“This corridor, commonly known as the CMP corridor or New England Clean Energy Connect (NECEC), is not a climate justice solution, and hydropower is not the clean energy that it has been marketed as.” (source)

Environment Maine

“This 145-mile line will permanently scar the North Woods, risk the wildlife we care about, and threaten the balance we’ve benefited from for centuries – that is why we are standing up against the proposed transmission line.” (source)

350 Maine

“There is no assurance that the CMP corridor would reduce climate-changing pollution and it is clear that it is not a climate justice solution due to the impacts that megadams have on Indigenous communities.”(source)

Maine and Canadian Indigenous People Opposed to CMP Corridor

Indigenous communities have also spoken out in opposition to the CMP corridor because of the damage that Hydro-Quebec’s dams have inflicted on Canadian First Nations

Penobscot Nation

“NECEC will have substantial impacts on Maine’s environment and …on the INNU Nation in Labrador…Particularly here where the Kennebec River is a vital resource and substantial efforts have been made over the last years to restore its fishery and improve its water quality, a project that has the potential to affect the watershed must be carefully scrutinized.” – Chief Kirk Francis (source)

“The Penobscot Nation takes our stewardship of Maine’s environment seriously…Maine’s environment has sustained the Penobscot Nation for millennia. That’s why we’re so concerned the CMP corridor is being rushed through without an environmental impact statement ever being conducted.” – John Banks, Penobscot Nation, Retired Director of Natural Resources

Five First Nations in Quebec

“Hydro-Québec believes that it can export large volumes of electricity to New England without even considering that 36% of this energy is, for all intents and purposes, ‘stolen’ from the First Nations whose territory it is illegally produced on. With the complicit involvement of the Quebec and Canadian government, Hydro-Québec plans to achieve its objective without regard for the ancestral rights of the communities in question, rights which are, however, recognized by the Supreme Court and the Canadian Constitution.” (source)