A much debated transmission line through Maine to bring power to Massachusetts has received an important recommendation in the Pine Tree State.
Maine Public Utilities Commission staff is recommending the project receive a permit from state utility regulators. The transmission line would bring Canadian hydropower through Maine, and it has drawn criticism from residents, conservationists and outdoors lovers in the state.
The Portland Press Herald reports the recommendation was released on Friday night. The move represents a win for Central Maine Power and Hydro-Quebec.
The members of the commission itself aren't required to abide by the recommendation, and their discussions about it haven't been scheduled.
The transmission line would be 145 miles long and stretch through Maine's North Woods, which is one of the state's beloved outdoor destinations.