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An effort is underway in the Maine Legislature to close a loophole in state election laws allowing foreign-owned companies to influence state ballot campaigns.

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Opponents of Central Maine Power’s proposed transmission line through the state’s western woods delivered more than 100,000 petition signatures to the secretary of state on Thursday, in their second bid to give voters a say on the project’s fate.

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A federal judge rejected a request from conservation groups to halt winter construction of Central Maine Power’s power line through the state’s western woods.

Three groups are challenging a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permit for the project, and asked for a preliminary injunction while the larger case is adjudicated. But in a 49-page decision, Judge Lance Walker sided with the Army Corps and noted that so far, none of the regulatory review bodies has argued against the project.

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Central Maine Power is postponing its plan to start clearing a corridor for its controversial transmission line through Maine’s western woods.

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded Central Maine Power a permit for the controversial transmission line the company wants to build through Maine’s western woods.

The 145-mile line would carry hydro-electricity from Canadian dams through western Maine and into the regional power grid, to serve a contract with Massachusetts utilities. The corps permit requires mitigation for wetland and other ecological impacts, and it is one of the last approvals the project needs.

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A new effort to give state voters a say over Central Maine Power’s proposed transmission line through Maine’s western woods is now formally launched.

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Three environmental groups are suing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for failing to require a full-blown Environmental Impact Statement for Central Maine Power’s proposed transmission line through the state’s western woods.

Central Maine Power’s controversial proposal for a transmission line through western Maine continues to draw attention from regulators and opponents. On Tuesday morning, the Maine Public Utilities Commission gave its final approval for a spinoff company to own and operate the project.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine's secretary of state won't be putting a referendum targeting a 145-mile  hydropower transmission corridor on the November ballot.

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In a devastating blow to opponents of Central Maine Power's controversial powerline proposal, the Maine Supreme Judicial Court ruled Thursday that a ballot initiative designed to scuttle the $1 billion project is unconstitutional. The ruling all but ensures that the referendum will not appear on the November ballot, leaving the project's many detractors to continue the fight on the permitting and legislative front.

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Update 12:40 p.m. August 13, 2020: Maine court rules that the peoples' veto effort on CMP transmission line is unconstitutional

Maine’s highest court heard oral arguments Wednesday on whether voters should get a chance to force state regulators to revoke their approval of Central Maine Power's controversial powerline project.

PORTLAND, Maine - Maine's highest court is scheduled to hear arguments about the future of a citizens' campaign to block a much-debated hydropower project.

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About two dozen current and former Maine legislators are calling on Hydro-Quebec to stop its campaign to influence November's ballot referendum on a proposed transmission line through the state.

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The Penobscot Nation is coming out in opposition to Central Maine Power’s proposed transmission line through Maine’s western woods.

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Canadian energy giant Hydro-Quebec says it will offer Maine a cut-rate deal on a slice of the electricity carried by a powerline that Central Maine Power wants to build through Maine's western woods. The rest of that supply is contracted to serve customers in Massachusetts.

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