Maine Approves Scheme Allowing Big Gas to Gamble Public’s Money

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PUC demonstrates pattern of regressive policies and illegal behavior

July 19, 2016 (PORTLAND, ME) – Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) released the following statement today in response to a decision by the Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) decision allowing fossil fuel companies to force businesses and families across the state to bankroll new, risky gas pipeline infrastructure.

“Today, the fossil fuel industry hoodwinked the PUC into gambling one billion dollars of Mainers’ hard-earned money on a massive new gas pipeline,” said CLF attorney Ben Tettlebaum. “From Day One, this LePage-appointed commission has been desperate to find any way to justify overwhelming concessions for Big Gas, no matter the cost. From helping kill the solar bill, to reopening wind contracts, to squashing energy efficiency programs and more, these commissioners have exhibited a troubling pattern of failed leadership, regressive policies and unlawful behavior, and today’s decision is no exception.”

CLF has been a vocal opponent of this proposal since the docket was first opened two years ago and recently argued in the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court against a similar proposed scheme. More information about that lawsuit can be found here.

Tettlebaum continued, “CLF is committed to defending the people of Maine against this assault. We will continue fighting to ensure that no other state in New England follows in Maine’s footsteps and that this proposed pipeline dies on the vine.”

CLF experts are available for further comment.


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