November 08, 2019
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Franklin County town overwhelmingly rejects CMP’s proposed transmission line

Robert F. Bukaty | AP
Robert F. Bukaty | AP
A homemade sign is posted on a telephone pole in protest of Central Maine Power's controversial hydropower transmission corridor in Jackman in this May 28, 2019, file photo. The power corridor would extend 53 miles from the Canadian border into Maine's north woods on land owned by CMP.

The town of Eustis has joined the growing number of communities opposing Central Maine Power’s proposed 145-mile transmission corridor through western Maine.

On Wednesday night at the Town Office, residents overwhelmingly signaled their opposition to the corridor, with only four votes out of 107 cast in favor of the project.

The town, which includes the village of Stratton, has 655 registered voters, according to the Maine secretary of state’s office.

“We wanted to be on the record one way or the other on the CMP corridor,” Jed Whiting, a Eustis selectman, said Thursday morning of the straw poll. He said the vote followed a meeting on Aug. 28, when information for and against the corridor was presented.

The transmission corridor won’t run through Eustis, he said.

The $1 billion transmission project, known as the New England Clean Energy Connect, would bring Canadian hydro power to customers in Massachusetts. That project includes 53 new miles of corridor and upgrades to existing power lines running through western Maine, where opposition among residents is strong.

Eustis, which is in Franklin County near Flagstaff Lake, joins a number of communities along the path of the proposed transmission line that have publicly signaled their opposition, including Livermore Falls, Farmington, Jackman, Jay and Wilton.

Woolwich residents on Aug. 21 asked their selectmen to reconsider the town’s earlier support for the project, but on Tuesday selectmen in the midcoast community reaffirmed their support for it in a 3-2 vote, according to The Times Record.



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