STATEWIDE (WGME) — Opponents of a $1 billion electricity transmission corridor have collected enough signatures to move forward with a referendum.
Maine Secretary of State Shenna Bellows said more than 80,000 signatures were certified, exceeding the threshold of 63,067 for the ballot.
The Maine Legislature will now consider this initiative.
If they reject it, then there would be a vote in November.
The referendum would require legislative approval for any electrical power line project that exceeds 50 miles and would be retroactive to September 2014.
Jon Breed, executive director of Clean Energy Matters said, “While we have the utmost respect for the secretary of state s office, we plan to conduct our own review of the signatures.
“Fossil fuel companies spent more than a million dollars on paid signature-gathering efforts. The fact that these companies provided hundreds of people with massive financial incentives in exchange for signatures warrants our utmost scrutiny,” he said.
No CMP leader Sandi Howard said, “Thanks to the hard work of hundreds of Mainers from all corners of the state, and against CMP’s best efforts, the people of Maine will vote once and for all on the fate of the project.”