The White Water Rafting Outfitters listed below oppose Central Maine Power’s massive transmission line, the New England Clean Energy Connect, through the Maine wilderness (“CMP touts benefits of power line project in Farmington,” July 16).

This proposed transmission line, from Quebec to Massachusetts, would negatively impact critical terrestrial and aquatic habitat, pristine and remote trout streams, sections of the Appalachian Trail, the “forever wild” Kennebec River Gorge, and the tourism economy of Maine.

Please note, the states of Vermont and New Hampshire have already rejected this project because of the negative impact it would have on their environment and their economies.

I compliment the state of Massachusetts for their goal to reduce carbon emissions 25 percent by 2020 and 80 percent by 2050. However, there are more intelligent solutions to reduce carbon emissions and attain higher levels of alternate energy in Massachusetts. Solar arrays (residential and commercial), and onshore and offshore wind power are more intelligent and creative solutions than a destructive swath through the Maine wilderness.

Jim Murton

North Country Rivers




Cliff Stevens

Moxie Outdoor Adventures

The Forks



Michelle Stevens

North American Whitewater

The Forks


Janice Murton

Maine Whitewater


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