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    Quote Originally Posted by TCD View Post
    I wonder if, in China, they shut down energy projects for a bat.
    nope, they sell them in the market for food

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    Its still churning on

    https://bangordailynews.com/2021/07/...ate-questions/

    https://bangordailynews.com/2020/10/...ridor-project/

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    This story has more plot twists than a good crime novel.

    Maine-Quebec power corridor in jeopardy after judge vacates public land lease
    The decision may imperil the planned New England Clean Energy Connect corridor, intended to bring hydroelectric power from Quebec to Lewiston.

    A state judge has vacated a lease of public land to Central Maine Power parent company Avangrid for part of its planned 145-mile electric corridor through western Maine, likely putting the entire project in peril.

    Superior Court Justice Michaela Murphy said in her ruling Tuesday that state public land officials failed to make a required finding that the lease would result in no reduction or substantial alteration to the public lands being leased and, therefore, the agreement was not valid. https://www.pressherald.com/2021/08/...ic-land-lease/

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    The history for this could arguably go back to Governors Baxter's fairly convoluted method used to transfer BSP to the state by forcing multiple legislative sessions to reaffirm that the land was accepted with perpetual restrictions. He was a politician and realized that politicians could not be trusted to do the right thing. Maine and NH both have a sad history of taking large blocks of public land and selling it at low cost to well connected private businesses. Maine sold off almost all its public lands at one point and if not for a quirk in the township rules and a long lawsuit much of the state owned land would still be private. This came back to head where there was public demand to preserve Bigelow Mountain from a planned ski resort but well connected developers working with state officials ignored voter sentiment. The result was a citizens referendum that forced the state to create the Bigelow reserve and fund the purchase of the lands. After the Bigelow project, Land for Maine's future funding rounds have had high voter support. Just as importantly they forced the legislature to create the Bureau of Public lands that attempted to isolate the lands from short term political manipulation. This was most recently tested in court during the LePage administration where the Governor tried to force the BPL to substantially exceed sustainable harvest levels on public lands to increase short term revenue. Le Page also refused to spend voter approved funding for public land during his administration.

    The current governor's support for CPC has been suspicious. She is from Western Maine (Farmington area) which has been in a long term economic slump due to the collapse of the wood products industry. That area is going to be major benefactor of the short term economic boost from the construction. Central Maine Power has been a long term political supporter in Maine and quite generous with political support. Many of the claimed environmental benefits of the project would not hold up under proper carbon accounting (its effectively rebranding fossil power as "clean hydro") and my guess is the governor would rather get some minimal long term benefits and some big short term benefits before the entire project goes down the drain.

    If its up to the legislature, there has already been one citizens referendum to shut down the project (blocked by the state supreme court)and another block of three linked ballot initiatives scheduled for this November. Its likely this initiative will pass effectively shutting the project down and no doubt the results will be in court for a few years.
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    And people wonder why these projects are so expensive and take so long...

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    There is an already permitted project in VT with support from the population with far more return to the state in the long term. It has been in place for several years ready to go in VT. HQ shopped the project to get power to Mass around to whatever entity would build it the cheapest. The VT project under Lake Champlain and along existing roads and right of ways was not the cheapest. Eversource initially won out with NP by claiming to do it for a lower cost and we all know the result of cutting corners. CMP did a postmortem of NP and tried to come up with another cheap project. Unlike NP, they thought they had locked in the right of way(apparently someone assumed they could pull off the lease on the state owned land), they got Conservation Law Foundation (a predominantly Mass funded Non Profit) tp support (CLF opposed NP) and they bought off several prominent environmental leaders in the state to support the project (or at least not oppose it) which delayed the organization of the opposition.

    Large projects like this can be done quickly, PNGTS did it 20 years ago through Northern NH and SW Maine. It can be done but trying to cut corners and using political influence to take shortcuts can lead to delays and over runs like this. The VT line would have been up and running by now although it would still be power from a very questionable source.
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    Name this project: A highway (road) almost 1400 miles long thru pristine wilderness completed in 6 months. The paperwork for this project alone would probably take 10 times as long, and...the project would probably never be green lighted.

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    Assuming you are referring to the Al Can highway, I think it took 8 Months . Pretty simple when a war allows complete disregard for environmental degradation. Plus no problem with landowners and pesky natives and basically infinite resources thrown at it. Arguably the road took far longer to build as it has been under reconstruction since it was originally built.

    Currently the Chinese and Brazilian governments are funding far more epic road building projects for resource exploitation.

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