Maine voters reject Hydro-Quebec power line construction – Montreal
Maine voters have rejected Hydro-Quebec’s plans to cross an influence transmission line by means of their state. The results of the referendum, held Tuesday in Maine, is a stinging setback for Hydro-Quebec and the Quebec authorities’s plan to make the province the “battery of North America.”
Quebec Premier Francois Legault is nonetheless assured that the $10-billion energy export contract with Massachusetts will come true.
“There’s by no means something sure in life, however I’m assured that will probably be carried out,” Legault mentioned Wednesday in response to the vote, at a press convention on the United Nations (UN) Convention on Local weather Change in Edinburgh Scotland.
“We knew that the referendum was going to be tight. We had a plan B,” he mentioned, including that the governor of Massachusetts is set that the settlement be applied.
“There are totally different situations. Thus far, I can’t give extra particulars. There are totally different routes you possibly can take to get to Massachusetts.”
Legault mentioned that the undertaking has the assist of the U.S. federal authorities, and that “all permits” have been obtained.
In Tuesday’s referendum, 60 per cent of Maine voters mentioned no to the Hydro-Quebec energy line undertaking, in response to American media reviews.
The contract is predicted to usher in $10 billion over 20 years.
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