STATEWIDE –– Conservation groups are asking a federal judge to issue an injunction to stop operations at four dams on the Kennebec River.
Colin Durant of the Natural Resources Council of Maine said they are worried about the safety of endangered salmon.
He said the court order requests Brookfield Renewable Partners to limit operations from Oct. 15 to Dec. 31 and April 1 to June 30.
According to a press release from the NRCM, that time period is critical for young salmon when they migrate.
Durant says Brookfield, a $60-billion corporation, has been violating federal law since 2019 when their permit expired.
However, Brookfield Renewable issued a statement saying they are disappointed that “special interest groups” are following up on similar claims from Sept. 9.
“As previously stated, Brookfield is now, and has for years been, actively engaged with fisheries agencies and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in relicensing and related regulatory initiatives to improve fish passage at its lower Kennebec facilities, consistent with a settlement agreement struck with fisheries agencies and environmental organization,” the company said.
Miranda Kessel, a spokesperson for Brookfield Renewable, said shutting down the dam would negatively impact their economy.
In addition to working with state and federal regulatory agencies, she said they are working on state-of-the-art fish passage infrastructure.