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Michaud Stands with Liberal Politicians to Block Relief for Energy Costs

October 1, 2014

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014
Contact: Adrienne Bennett, Press Secretary, 207-287-2531

AUGUSTA – Governor Paul R. LePage sent a letter today to Congressman Michael Michaud, expressing concern for the Congressman’s defense of the slow, bureaucratic process that delays construction of natural gas pipelines while Maine and the region are facing skyrocketing electricity prices.

Governor LePage sent a letter today about Congressman Michaud’s response to this energy crisis:

“Unfortunately, it illustrates a startling lack of awareness of the severity of the energy crisis in New England. Prices are skyrocketing, and jobs are threatened,” the Governor stated. “We need additional natural gas capacity in our region to bring prices down and keep businesses open. The existing bureaucratic process that you praise may work for those who oppose natural gas and lower prices, but it will not give relief to Maine soon enough. We need action now.”

Congressman Michaud has chosen to stand with out-of-state liberal politicians and activists, rather than doing what’s best for Mainers.

“I encourage you to reach out to energy-intensive manufacturers and saw mills, as well as the pipeline companies looking to serve our region, and ask whether the ‘Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act’ would be useful in helping their businesses,” the Governor stated. “Getting these projects permitted would be very beneficial by creating jobs for Mainers and improving our economy.

“Rather than following what Representative Henry Waxman (D-CA) or a Massachusetts governor thinks about natural gas permitting, I would suggest that you talk to some businesses right here Maine businesses about their burdensome electric bills. Their opinion is what really matters.”

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