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Maine's High Court Temporarily Bars Construction On Disputed Section Of CMP Corridor

CMP corridor progress
Brian Bechard
Maine Public
Central Maine Power has been clearing trees and laying timber mats as part of its early work on a transmission line from Quebec to the regional grid.

Maine's Supreme Judicial Court is temporarily barring construction on a disputed mile-long section of Central Maine Power's controversial transmission line.

The high court's order is in effect while the justices consider the company's appeal of a decision that voided a state lease for the lands in question.

CMP is calling that a win. In a press statement, the company says it will allow continued work on the rest of 141-mile corridor without fear of near-term legal challenges based on uncertainty about the ultimate fate of the lease.

A Columbia University graduate, Fred began his journalism career as a print reporter in Vermont, then came to Maine Public in 2001 as its political reporter, as well as serving as a host for a variety of Maine Public Radio and Maine Public Television programs. Fred later went on to become news director for New England Public Radio in Western Massachusetts and worked as a freelancer for National Public Radio and a number of regional public radio stations, including WBUR in Boston and NHPR in New Hampshire.