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Since the Vigue / Cianbro proposal is currently inactive, and the court decision between Penobscot Nation and Attorney General Janet Mills asserted that the State of Maine does have jurisdiction over the Penobscot River, STEWC's steering committee has been following a new effort by MEPCO to acquire land for a new high tension transmission line that overlaps with several sections of the suspected original east-west corridor route. There are immediate concerns over the possibility of Eminent Domain use against landowners that do no reach an agreement with MEPCO. Although MEPCO and its representatives claim to have rarely used Eminent Domain, the possibility still exists. Eminent Domain is not supposed to be used unless it is for the Public Good. However in this case, public good has not been established since this transmission project reduces electrical costs for out of state ratepayers, not Mainers. Relating to the EWC, there is also a concern that a transmission corridor today could easily be expanded into a pipeline corridor in the future.

MEPCO stands for "Maine Power Company" and was formed by Central Maine Power (CMP) and Emera for their joint projects. CMP is owned by Iberdrola, a Spanish utility corporation, and Emera is a Canadian utility corporation. The current purpose of the transmission corridor, according to Elizabeth Swain MEPCO spokesperson, is to connect the new industrial wind projects in Northern Maine to Southern New England states that are demanding "green energy," as well as to "shore up" the grid in Maine.

Here is a map that MEPCO provides of its electric lines and pipelines. The full map is available at Emera.

See also Maine's Two Largest Utilities Agree to Co-develop Transmission Projects in New England and A transmission line from Chester to Pittsfield

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