Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Play

The American Rescue Plan could provide essential training to boost jobs in construction, and we explore a trauma-informed approach to preventing marijuana use in teens.

Play

Pfizer says its vaccine is safe for children ages 5 to 11, travel restrictions soon will ease for vaccinated international visitors to the U.S., and a Texas doctor who performed an abortion under new restrictions is sued.

Play

Lawsuits stall debt relief for America's Black farmers; Idaho hospitals using "critical care" protocols; grant money boosts rural towns in Utah and more conservation acreage could protect the iconic sage grouse.

CMP Transmission Line to Face State Hurdles in 2019

Play

Monday, December 3, 2018   

JACKMAN, Maine — The town of Jackman has joined a growing number of places and organizations that oppose the proposed Central Maine Power transmission line. But public pressure may not be the biggest problem CMP is facing.

The transmission line, known as the "New England Clean Energy Connect," would carry hydropower generated in Quebec to Massachusetts, through Western Maine. Dylan Voorhees, climate and clean energy director with the Natural Resources Council of Maine, said Jackman's vote against the power line symbolized a larger movement.

"This isn't just about one town, or another town. It's really about impacts on a broad region,” Voorhees said. “This is an unfragmented piece of forestland, all across Somerset County and Franklin counties."

Backers of the project see hydropower as renewable energy, and say it would bring lower electricity bills to Massachusetts, and more jobs and property-tax revenue to Western Maine. The Natural Resources Council of Maine has argued it would affect more than 50 miles of forestland and divert power from one market to another, rather than create more renewable energy.

Even as an increasing number of Mainers question its environmental impact and economic benefits, the next hurdles for the CMP project are at the state level. First, there's the Public Utilities Commission. Voorhees said there have been public hearings, but no vote yet.

"There isn't a specific date for them to vote, but the current schedule has all of the process wrapping up so that they could vote in the first half of March,” he said.

That date, however, has been delayed several times.

Also, Voorhees explained the project has to get state environmental approval.

"The Department of Environmental Protection also needs to decide whether or not to give this project a permit,” Voorhees said. “And there's been a lot of process so far, but much of it has not actually even started yet."

The Department of Environmental Protection has had no public hearings yet, and the Land Use Planning Commission would also have to approve the CMP transmission line. A similar proposal failed to pass in New Hampshire earlier this year.


get more stories like this via email

Food prices are rising nationwide, and the cost of a grocery store trip is up 3.5% from a year ago, according to a USDA report. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

RALEIGH, N.C. -- More than $1 million in COVID-19 relief grants are helping rural organizations increase their focus on locally sourced food relief…


Environment

DES MOINES, Iowa -- This fall, the Iowa Utilities Board is hosting meetings to inform the public about a proposed underground pipeline, which would …

Social Issues

MANDAN, N.D. -- North Dakota has had nearly 18,000 job openings in recent months, with roughly 1,000 in construction. A labor leader in the trades …


Approximately 3% of the 1,500 students in Montgomery County who were screened for behavioral health indicators were found to be at risk of substance use. (Adobe Stock)

Health and Wellness

DAYTON, Ohio -- An Ohio county is taking a trauma-informed approach to its work on preventing marijuana use in teens. As marijuana policy changes …

Social Issues

DENVER -- As Congress considers making significant investments in the nation's child-care system, children's advocates say now is the time to make …

This, year the theme of Sea Otter Awareness Week is the species' key role in the mosaic of the ecosystem. (Wikimedia Commons)

Environment

MONTEREY BAY, Calif. - This week, conservation groups are celebrating Sea Otter Awareness Week with online and in-person events across the state…

Environment

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Admission to any state park in Nevada is free this coming Saturday, as part of the first Nevada Public Lands Week - with a series …

Social Issues

HARRISBURG, Pa. - A new Redistricting Advisory Council announced last week by Gov. Tom Wolf's office will focus on reducing gerrymandering as new …

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021