Acadia Senior College


CMP Transmission Line

January 10, 2020

9:00 a.m.

Sips in Southwest Harbor

Please note that this event is FULL. Email or call if you want to join the waiting list.

Central Maine Power has proposed a 145 mile-long transmission line through Maine to carry electricity from HydroQuebec’s dams to Massachusetts.  Proponents see this as a “green” development opportunity that will substantially reduce the region’s dependence on fossil fuels; opponents see it as a threat to Maine’s ecology and local economies without any real greenhouse gas reductions.

Ken Cline is a faculty member at College of the Atlantic where he teaches courses in environmental law and policy. Ken is the inaugural holder of the David Rockefeller Family Chair in Ecosystem Management and Protection, through which he coordinates the collaboration between COA and Acadia National Park. He is a member of the IUCN’s World Commission on Protected Areas and the World Commission on Environmental Law.  He has done extensive work with local, national, and international river and land conservation groups in the US, and in Chile, Turkey, Tobago, Mexico, France, and India.  Most recently he has done research in New Zealand on Maori legal rights and a new paradigm for managing rivers and land that gives legal standing to nature.   Ken has been on the board of land trusts, watershed associations, and environmental groups in Maine.  Ken has been a longstanding volunteer leader for the Sierra Club serving on the national conservation and rivers committees and has been involved in Sierra Club’s efforts to protect the Maine Woods for over 30 years. He co-authored a book focusing on the lakes and streams of Acadia National Park and surrounding lands and is a Department of the Interior appointee to the Acadia National Park Commission.

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Each attendee will be charged $5 and receive a coffee and pastry (unless purchasing more than a $5 breakfast.) Tips are always appropriate.

CMP Transmission Line