Lawmakers say Maine DEP not doing its job in oversight of CMP corridor

Lawmakers call on Maine DEP for more oversight of CMP.
Lawmakers call on Maine DEP for more oversight of CMP.(WABI)
Published: Jul. 14, 2021 at 2:59 PM EDT
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AUGUSTA, Maine (WABI) - A group of lawmakers say the Maine Department of Environmental Protection isn’t doing its job when it comes to Central Maine Power’s corridor project.

During a virtual press conference Wednesday, the group of four stated that after touring multiple locations along Segment 1 of the corridor in Western Maine, it was clear to them the project was in violation of tapering conditions.

They showed pictures that they claim show the cuts being made didn’t follow the agreements between the power company and the state.

The group is calling on the Board of the DEP to take action.

“These conditions are not being met,” said Rep. Rick Bennett. “What you see, what we saw is a clear cut, plain and simple. Now they have a chance to rectify this shortcoming and take on the task at hand to address CMP’s inability to meet the tapering conditions in Segment 1. They need to stop this nonsense now and do their job.”

Maine DEP’s Deputy Commissioner says they only became aware of these claims on Wednesday.

He says they will examine the concerns expressed by this group, and after a thorough review of the documents provided, they will issue a statement in response.

In response to the claims from the lawmakers, Thorn Dickinson, CEO/president of the corridor project, said:

“The DEP are professionals with expertise in forestry practices, these politicians are not. Those experts have confirmed that we are operating within the terms of our permit, and we continue to work with them on a daily basis to ensure we are compliant. This is one of the most visible and heavily scrutinized projects in the state and there is no incentive or reason to vary from our permits.”

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