Stop the CMP NECEC power line corridor - save our wilderness

To the Editor:

My name is Duane Hanson. My wife Sally and I are the only year round
residents of T5 R7 BKP WKR, where the proposed CMP NECEC power line
corridor will come within 1500 feet of our home. I have lived, hunted,
fished, and trapped here since 1980. Raised 3 sons who are avid
sportsmen. We live off-the grid with two solar panels for house
lights, grow a big garden for food, and hunt and fish for meat. We
have camped, hiked, and canoed much of this remote area which
currently has no power lines and many would label “pristine
wilderness.” Once the power lines appear, this area will become an
extension of civilization and be less attractive for tourism, hunting,
and fishing. Less visitors could result in reduced business income for
towns from Jackman down to Freeport.

The corridor would have a very bad effect on the Native Brook Trout.
Starting from the Quebec border in Beattie Township, it would go west
to east, cross hundreds of streams, even the south branch of the Moose
River, before hitting Route 201. It would be a permanent clearcut 300+
feet wide and sprayed with herbicide regularly. Many of the sandy
bottom streams are breeder brooks and habitat for some of the last
native brook trout. They are the first to die when water gets too
warm, less oxygen, or contaminated. Many of the affected streams flow
into the Moose River, Moosehead Lake, Spencer Lake, Spencer Stream,
Rock Pond, Dead River, and Kennebec River. All popular destinations
for many anglers, hunters, trappers, campers, canoeists/paddlers, and
white-water rafters.

The corridor would destroy existing habitat for deer, moose, bear,
beaver, bald eagles, golden eagles, ruffed grouse, spruce grouse,
Canadian lynx, fisher, pine marten, loons, ducks, and Canadian geese.

The herbicides will have negative health effects on fish, wildlife,
trees, plants, and humans.

Visible from the Old Canada Road Scenic Byway along Route 201, many
come to this beautiful remote mountainous area to escape from their
hectic lives and civilization. This area has been popular with hunters
and anglers since the late 1800’s. The popular film “Dead River Rough
Cut” documented two men who trapped this area of Maine.

We need to protect this wilderness from destruction. Say “NO to NECEC.”


Duane Hanson