The Maine Department of Environmental Protection will hold a public hearing in October to decide whether to suspend a license that allows Central Maine Power to build a new transmission corridor through Maine.
The Oct. 19 hearing was prompted by a recent court decision that ruled that neither Gov. Janet Mills nor her predecessor, Gov. Paul LePage, had the power to lease public lands needed by CMP for the project, according to Maine Public.
The hearing will be conducted over Zoom and will be broken into two parts, according to a Maine DEP press release. At 9 a.m., parties granted intervenor status will be allowed to speak. Then at 5:30 p.m., members of the public will be invited to testify.
In 2017, CMP announced its intention to build a 145-mile new transmission line from western Maine to serve customers in Massachusetts. Although construction is already underway, groups opposed to the project have brought forward lawsuits in an effort to stop it.