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Opposition growing to CMP project in Somerset County

Opposition is growing to a new CMP transmission line project in Somerset County. (WGME)

SOMERSET COUNTY (WGME) -- Opposition is growing to a new CMP transmission line project in Somerset County.

Those against it showed up to a county commissioner meeting Wednesday night.

CMP wants to run a 145-mile transmission line through parts of rural Somerset County.

It's part of the New England Clean Energy Connect Project, sending power from Quebec to Massachusetts.

County commissioners support the project, but opponents say the transmission line would forever ruin the beauty of the area, and is just using Maine as an extension cord.

“We're predominantly focused on what this is going to do to the environment; our economy, what this is going to mean for the local residents who live in the area and people who come and visit,” resident Kimberly Lyman said.

“Maine consumers are not paying for it; but Maine always benefits when we invest in the infrastructure; we're going to have a 60-year investment in our electric infrastructure; this is two or three generations,” CMP’s John Carroll said.

CMP says the project will deliver $1 billion in jobs, taxes, and other benefits in Maine in the first decade.

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