Maine Natural Resources Council seeks intervenor status in Avangrid’s lawsuit against the state

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The Maine Natural Resources Council and six supporters of Yes on 1 have asked the Maine Superior Court to grant them intervenor status in the lawsuit that Avangrid, the parent company of Central Maine Power, has brought against the State following the defeat of the utility company’s transmission corridor line.

The Avangrid lawsuit aims to overturn a new law banning the construction of the CMP corridor. The new law, which appeared on the Nov. 2 poll as Question 1, was overwhelmingly approved by voters in Maine in the statewide referendum. Despite its passage, Avangrid filed a complaint on behalf of its subsidiary, the New England Clean Energy Connect (NECEC) transmission line corridor, on November 3, claiming it was unconstitutional.

On Tuesday, the NRCM filed a motion in Portland Superior Court seeking intervenor status, a designation that will give Maine’s largest environmental advocacy organization and six proponents of referendum initiatives – Thomas Saviello, Christine Geisser, Wendy Huish, Jonathan Hull, Theresa York and Robert Yorks – an interest in any future legal action.

“Our action today is directly aimed at protecting the will of voters in Maine, who sent a clear and resounding message last week that the CMP corridor should be finished. Avangrid has indeed filed a lawsuit against the people of Maine, showing brazen contempt for the more than 235,000 Mainers who voted yes on Question 1, ”said Pete Didisheim, NRCM’s director of advocacy, in a statement. communicated. “CMP and Hydro-Quebec have spent over $ 72 million over the past two years telling the Mainers how to vote, and their bet has failed.”

Didisheim accused the CMP of “amassing an army of lawyers to try to overturn the election results in court, even as they rush to clear a 53-mile corridor across western Canada. Maine voters want to protect. ” Didisheim said voters in Maine have spoken and urged the courts to dismiss Avangrid’s lawsuit and end construction of the power transmission corridor.

Avangrid released a statement after filing her lawsuit in Portland Superior Court in which she defended her rights to continue building the transmission corridor.

“NECEC represents a billion dollar investment in the future of clean energy in New England. This will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by the equivalent of taking 700,000 cars off the road each year the project is in service, ”Avangrid said. “NECEC represents a billion dollar investment in New England’s clean energy future, and substantial physical construction has taken place.”

Avangrid said the ballot initiative “represents an extraordinary attempt to deprive a private party of vested interests in the construction and operation of a multi-year development project. … NECEC began the significant physical construction of the project in good faith with the intention of completing it.

The NRCM also filed a brief with the Maine Department of Environmental Protection calling for an immediate suspension of CMP’s license. The brief filed with the Maine DEP states that the “continuing delays and inaction of the DEP are unfathomable.” The Maine DEP has scheduled a hearing on November 22 to consider suspending the CMP license based on the election result.


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