It’s sad when so many people and organizations who oppose the proposed development of the Hydro-Quebec/CMP’s electricity-transmission line system use so many emotionally charged, untrue and/or misleading statements to oppose this project’s development from the Quebec/Maine border to near the West Forks.

Of the total 145-mile distance, 53 miles of a corridor is planned through a so-called  “pristine wilderness” and “beautiful undeveloped forest” to be connected with an already existing 92-mile passage from the West Forks area to Lewiston. It’s total bogus.

Much of the 53-mile corridor is within a much larger present-day working forest that has reforested and continues to reforest itself. This region is crisscrossed by a very large number of open, improved and unimproved roadways.

In addition, in early October, a TV journalist conducted an interview with Rep. Jared Golden and a U.S. government representative on the necessity of expanding Maine’s logging industry and the training of more loggers and other logging-industry personnel for the future of Maine. If this is so important for Maine, why are so many people opposed to the tree-cutting along the proposed corridor? Instead, maybe the efforts of the corridor opponents should be to replanting the previously decimated forests.

Bill Harmon


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