The East-West Corridor: Dexter and Parkman residents speak out in opposition

Parkman moratorium hearing 061313(Parkman moratorium hearing on 6/13/13)STEWC yard sign

On June 13, 2013,  the towns of Dexter and Parkman held meetings to consider moratoriums on highway construction. The highway that is the target of these moratoriums is the East-West Corridor project.

Residents of both towns have concerns that the EW Corridor will negatively impact their public health, safety, and welfare. They want to have time to draft ordinances to protect them from unregulated highway and utility development.

In Dexter, 200 people packed a meeting of the town’s selectboard to demand passage of the moratorium. The board followed the will of the people and enacted a 180 day moratorium.

See this Bangor Daily News article about the meeting in Dexter. 

In Parkman, a public hearing on the proposed moratorium attracted 30 town reidents who expressed unanimous support for it. The vote to enact the moratorium will be at a town meeting in July.

With last night’s action, Dexter joins Sangerville and Monson as towns with enacted moratoriums against the EW Corridor; and Parkman joins Charleston and Garland as towns considering a moratorium.

While Peter Vigue, CEO of Cianbro Corporation and the project’s leading supporter still refuses to release the route of his planned 220 mile utility corridor connecting Canada to Canada, these towns are clearly in his crosshairs. Their public opposition to construction of the EW Corridor is a tremendous statement from the grassroots that they don’t want to be a pawn in Vigue’s scheme to expand world trade at their expense.

Earlier this week the Maine Small Business Coalition also publicly opposed the EW Corridor and called for its defeat. MSBC is a coalition of 3400 small businesses in Maine.

“The Maine Small Business Coalition, representing more than 3,400 small businesses in Maine, opposes the construction of the East-West Corridor. As small business owners, we favor economic development that works for our shops as well as our customers, and the proposed corridor does neither. In reviewing research about and conversations in the state legislature regarding this proposal, it is apparent that the East-West highway would cause significant environmental distress while creating significant financial benefit solely for large corporate entities who will use the corridor to exploit natural resources and send the profits out-of-state. In short, small business interests —sustainable development, environmental protection, and limiting the influence of large corporations in politics —are not represented in the East-West Corridor proposal, and MSBC opposes its construction.”