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Power company proposes burying line under Maine gorge

October 18, 2018

CARATUNK, Maine (AP) — A Maine power company is making a concession to environmentalists by proposing to bury a portion of a transmission line that would cross a scenic gorge.

Central Maine Power notified regulators Thursday that it wants to drill rather than cross the Kennebec River Gorge with elevated electrical lines.

The company says burying the planned electrical transmission line from Quebec would appease those who want to preserve the aesthetics of the river. The Portland Press Herald reports CMP believes avoiding aerial crossing of the river would address concerns from regulators, local communities and other stakeholders.

The gorge’s a 10-mile granite canyon stretch. It’s popular with whitewater rafters and has been a sticking point among environmentalists who believe the transmission line would mar the area. The gorge’s located in northern Somerset County.

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