“Lawsuit Seeks To Stop Construction Of $1B Transmission Line”

“PORTLAND, Maine — Three conservation groups are asking a judge to stop construction of a 145-mile (230-kilometer) power transmission line corridor to bring Canadian hydropower to the New England grid.

The request for a preliminary injunction was filed late Wednesday by the Sierra Club, Natural Resources Council of Maine and Appalachian Mountain Club, three groups already suing for a more extensive environmental review by the Army Corps of Engineers.

There’s urgency because Central Maine Power’s corporate parent announced construction would begin “in the coming weeks” after the Army Corps last week granted the final permit for work to begin. “It is not in the best interests of Maine people for CMP to start work prematurely on what is one of the most consequential and controversial projects in recent history,” the conservation groups said in a statement.”

David Sharp reports for the Associated Press November 12, 2020.