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Public/Private Partnerships (PPPs) and Other Corridors

Proposals for Public/Private Partnerships, including highways and utility corridors in other states and in Canada, have similarly thwarted local control, threatened the environment, and placed corporate interests above all else. The history of PPPs is rife with bad economic and environmental consequences:

Are private toll roads a losing idea?
Highway Robbery: how public-private partnerships extract profit from public infrastructure projects
Private Roads, Public Costs (pdf).

Citizen campaigns to fight construction of these projects can serve as models for Maine citizens in our fight against the East-West Corridor. Listed here are links to Web sites of some of these and to news articles about them.

Pipelines for gas from hydraulic fracturing

Pipeline-construction companies are using eminent domain to cut through and essentially destroy farms in Pennsylvania. See Maple syrup trees cut to make way for the Constitution Pipeline (fr. StateImpact). This pipeline, which would have cut across Pennsylvania and New York, has since been cancelled due to opposition of local landowners as well as the drop in prices for the gas. Similar pressures have led to cancellation of the Northeast Energy Direct pipeline (in Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire), and the Pacific Connector pipeline (in Oregon). See Activists Defeat Gas Pipeline Projects, Work to Recruit NIMBY Neighbors to Climate Fight (from Between the Lines).

Groups opposing fracked-gas pipelines are listed at Stop the New York Fracked Gas Pipeline (

Indiana Toll Road

Once hailed as the model for a new age of U.S. infrastructure, today the Indiana deal looks more like a canary in a coal mine. The private company operating this road has filed for bankruptcy:

Critics worry or Indiana Toll Road spending cuts (AP)
Indiana Toll Road operators declare bankruptcy (The Times of NW Indiana)
Indiana Toll Road Seeks Bankruptcy as Traffic Declines (Bloomberg)
The Indiana Toll Road and the Dark Side of Privately Financed Highways (Streetsblog USA, Nov. 18, 2014; the first of a three-part article on the use of public funds to build and maintain highways.)

Virginia --- Public/Private Partnerships

The State of Virginia recently passed a bill to improve transparency of public/private partnership proposals as explained in this Truth-out posting: Privatization limits access to public information.
Here's the bill itself: HB 1692

Trans-Texas Corridor

Corridor Watch --- Challenging the wisdom of the Trans-Texas Corridor
(site active 2004-2008)
" is an organization of concerned Texans and public officials who questioned the wisdom of the Trans-Texas Corridor. Our effort, together, has brought the immediate threat of the Trans-Texas Corridor to an end. Accordingly, this website is no longer actively updated and now serves as a reference for materials related to the myriad of issues related to that project."

Super Highways across North America

The Superhighway Facts --- about super highways across North America, including the so-called NAFTA super highway
(site last active 2007)

About North America's SuperCorridor Coalition (NASCO), often referred to as a principle player in the proposal for a "NAFTA super highway"
(site last active 2007)

North Carolina --- Garden Parkway

Charlotte Observer, March 5, 2013 Environment group says it will sue to stop Garden Parkway
Trying to stop a similar toll project in North Carolina.

Truckers News, March 8, 2013
Foreign Company Now Owns Six Major US Tolls Roads

Canadian Pipeline and Tar-Sands Oil

The transport of Alberta tar-sands crude oil (crude bitumen) by pipeline is especially problematic no matter to which ports such a pipeline would connect---whether West Coast (through First Nations lands), the Gulf Coast with the Keystone XL pipeline, or the East Coast to connect with 60-year-old pipes to Portland or with new ones in the East-West Corridor to Eastport or St John. Concerned Canadians have organized several effective campaigns to block these routes through Canada and to tackle the fundamental problem that extraction of tar-sands oil at all will cause environmental disaster:

The Council of Canadians (, especially the 'Energy' section) opposes pipeline construction and other environment-threatening projects. holds the view that nothing short of a full shut down of all related projects in all corners of North America can realistically tackle climate change and environmental devastation.
See also information published by The Dominion on Tar Sands.
"Offsetting Resistance: The effects of foundation funding and corporate fronts from the Great Bear Resistance to the Athabasca River" is about funding of these megaprojects that are looming as the most destructive in human history. It shows how "A small, secretive group of insiders has been collaborating with large American foundations and industry to concentrate decision-making power concerning anti-tar sands campaigns."

CBC News, New Brunswick, April 2, 2013
TransCanada pitches west-east pipeline
Proposed project would bring crude to refineries in Quebec, Saint John [by going around Maine].

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