Maine Department of Environmental Protection Issues Draft NECEC Permit

Calls for added environmental protections in construction of transmission line

April 14, 2020 (PORTLAND, ME) – Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) released the following statement today after submitting comments to the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) on its draft order granting permits for the New England Clean Energy Connect project.

“The DEP was absolutely right to impose additional and significant conditions as part of its approval of this project,” said Phelps Turner, Senior Attorney at CLF. “It’s clear the DEP carefully considered the testimony presented by CLF and The Nature Conservancy last year on the importance of protecting critical wildlife habitat areas. Yesterday, we submitted comments on the draft order that would strengthen these conditions even further.”

You can find CLF’s previous post-hearing brief here, and yesterday’s comments here.

CLF experts are available for further comment.