CMP Submits Last Minute Request To Change Route Of Controversial Power Line

Sep 18, 2019

Central Maine Power has submitted a last minute request to change the route of the controversial power line it's proposing for western Maine.

The Portland Press Herald is reporting that the change would avoid Beattie Pond in northern Franklin County.

Last week state regulators deadlocked on whether CMP proposed powerline through western Maine would have unreasonable impacts on the remote pond. The commission opted to move the issue to its October meeting.

CMP's 141-mile transmission line would bring hydroelectricity produced in Canada through Maine to serve customers in Massachusetts. It still needs permits from the land use panel, from the state Department of Environmental Protection and from federal authorities.

Opponents, meanwhile, are seeking a statewide referendum that aims to kill the billion-dollar project.

This post will be updated.