January 30, 2018 (PORTLAND, ME) – Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) filed a lawsuit in Maine’s Superior Court today in response to Governor LePage’s Executive Order imposing a moratorium on new wind project permits and creating a secretive commission to make recommendations on wind power development. CLF’s lawsuit argues that the Executive Order violates the separation of powers clause of the Maine Constitution.
“This Executive Order is a naked political attempt to impose the Governor’s own anti-renewable energy philosophy on the people and businesses of Maine,” said CLF Executive Vice President and Maine Director Sean Mahoney. “It is a clear violation of a fundamental premise of government established by the Maine Constitution – the separation of powers between our three branches. Not only is it illegal, but it is also bad for Maine’s economy where businesses need to have certainty in order to invest. As with other decisions of this Governor concerning energy efficiency and solar power development, Mainers across the state will suffer from this outrageous effort to hamstring our economic future, and CLF will do everything in our power stop it.”
A copy of CLF’s lawsuit is available here.
CLF experts are available for further comment.