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Official: Referendum threshold met despite tossed signatures

Apr. 2, 2020 10:26 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine election officials invalidated hundreds more signatures that were collected to force a referendum on a $1 billion hydropower transmission corridor, but there were still enough valid signatures to surpass the threshold for a statewide vote in November. The court-ordered review...

In this photo taken March 3, 2020, the Klamath River is seen flowing across northern California from atop Cade Mountain in the Klamath National Forest. A plan to demolish four dams on California's second-largest river to benefit threatened salmon has sharpened a decades-old dispute over who has the biggest claim to the river's life-giving waters. The project, if it goes forward, would be the largest dam demolition project in U.S. history and reopen 400 stream miles of potential salmon habitat that's been blocked off for more than a century. Numerous tribes in southern Oregon and northern California are pushing for the dams' removal to save dwindling salmon populations in California's second-largest river. (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus)

Largest US dam removal stirs debate over coveted West water

Mar. 29, 2020 11:20 AM EDT

KLAMATH, Calif. (AP) — California's second-largest river has sustained Native American tribes with plentiful salmon for millennia, provided upstream farmers with irrigation water for generations and served as a haven for retirees who built dream homes along its banks. With so many demands, the Klamath...

In this photo taken March 3, 2020, the Iron Gate Dam, powerhouse and spillway are on the lower Klamath River near Hornbrook, Calif. A plan to demolish four dams on California's second-largest river to benefit threatened salmon has sharpened a decades-old dispute over who has the biggest claim to the river's life-giving waters. The project, if it goes forward, would be the largest dam demolition project in U.S. history and would include the Iron Gate Dam facility pictured. (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus)

Largest US dam removal stirs debate over coveted West water

Mar. 29, 2020 11:18 AM EDT

KLAMATH, Calif. (AP) — The second-largest river in California has sustained Native American tribes with plentiful salmon for millennia, provided upstream farmers with irrigation water for generations and served as a haven for retirees who built dream homes along its banks. With so many competing demands,...

Environmental groups complain about dam hearings format

Mar. 28, 2020 11:58 AM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Some environmental groups are complaining about the teleconference format for gathering public comments on a federal government proposal to save salmon runs on the Columbia River system. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the government decided to hold teleconferences, rather than...

Secretary of state to determine validity of signatures

Mar. 25, 2020 7:55 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The secretary of state's office must address whether some of the petitions used to get the proposed $1 billion New England Clean Energy Connect onto the November ballot were invalid. Superior Court Justice Michaela Murphy this week gave Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap until April 1...

Maine Supreme Court upholds PUC approval of energy corridor

Mar. 18, 2020 4:07 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The state supreme court has rejected a challenge of utility regulators' approval of a 145-mile (230-kilometer) power transmission corridor that would serve as a conduit for hydropower from Canada. NextEra Energy Resources appealed to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court after the Public...

DEP's draft recommendation favors $1 billion power corridor

Mar. 13, 2020 7:44 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine environmental regulators on Friday issued a draft recommendation supporting a $1 billion hydropower transmission project as long as Central Maine Power meets stipulations. But there will be an opportunity for public comments on the proposal before a final vote. The conditional...

Maine mulls limiting foreign spending on ballot questions

Mar. 11, 2020 2:14 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — At a time of heightened sensitivity to foreign powers meddling in elections, the Maine Legislature is deciding whether to stop foreign corporations from spending money to influence some state elections. A proposal that was discussed at a public hearing Wednesday came in response to...

Washington state residents divided on removal of dams

Mar. 11, 2020 2:14 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — People in Washington state remain sharply divided on whether four federal hydroelectric dams along the Snake River should be removed to help endangered salmon and orca recover, a state report concluded. The final version of the report said the dams bring benefits and liabilities to...

Ethics panel to investigate group opposed to power corridor

Mar. 10, 2020 9:07 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine ethics commission voted 2-1 on Tuesday to open an investigation into whether a dark money group that opposes a 145-mile (230-kilometer) hydropower transmission project should've registered as a political action committee. At issue is whether Stop the Corridor, which doesn't...