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CMP defends competing job claims; critics cry foul

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — A critic of a proposed 145-mile (233-kilometer) transmission line in western Maine says shifting job figures show Central Maine Power cannot be trusted.

CMP sent out a mailer in December that touted in big, bold letters, “Yes! to 3,500 Maine jobs.” A new mailer says “Yes! to Maine 1,600 jobs.”

The Sun Journal reports that the larger figure applies to the number of jobs during construction. The smaller number applies to jobs after the project is completed.

Sandi Howard from Say No to NECEC said the competing figures amount to “ever-changing propaganda.” Thorn Dickinson from Avangrid, CMP’s parent company, said both mailings are correct and have been confirmed by two independent analyses.

The project aims to bring Canadian hydropower to the New England. Massachusetts ratepayers would fund the project.

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