PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Construction on a 145-mile (233-kilometer) electrical energy transmission hall in western Maine can proceed whereas litigation proceeds over a 1-mile part that was leased by the state, a state Supreme Court justice dominated.
Another choose beforehand vacated a lease of public land to Central Maine Power for a 1-mile (1.6-kilometer) part, and critics requested the Supreme Judicial Court to halt all building till it is settled by the courts.
In a ruling dated Wednesday, Supreme Court Justice Joseph Jabar denied the movement by opponents of the $1 billion mission and allowed building to proceed on all parts apart from the leased part.
Wrangling continues over the New England Clean Energy Connect despite the fact that the mission has been authorized by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Maine Department of Environmental Protection, Maine Land Use Planning Commission and Maine Public Utilities Commission.
Last month, a choose put the mission in query by ruling that the state lease for a small part was invalid as a result of of procedures that had been used. That choice is being appealed to the state Supreme Court.
Meanwhile, a referendum aimed toward spiking the mission is on the November poll. If authorized, there would doubtless be one other lawsuit over the constitutionality of the referendum query.
The transmission line would offer a conduit for as much as 1,200 megawatts of Canadian hydropower, lowering greenhouse emissions and stabilizing vitality prices in New England, supporters say.
Much of it follows current utility corridors however a new part is being reduce by way of 53 miles (85 kilometers) of woods to achieve the Canadian border.
The mission, which might be absolutely funded by Massachusetts ratepayers to fulfill the state’s clear vitality targets, requires building of a high-voltage energy line from Mount Beattie Township on the Canadian border to the regional energy grid in Lewiston, Maine.
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