Democrats weren’t the only losers in elections held Tuesday in the U.S. So was a Canadian-led energy project, rejected by voters in one state referendum.
This spurned project doesn’t involve oil or pipelines or Western Canada.
It involves a Hydro-Québec transmission between Quebec and New England — and now its future is in doubt.
Voters in Maine voted about 60-40 to halt construction of the project and force its backers to obtain two-thirds support in the state legislature if they want to complete it.
That’s after the most expensive referendum campaign in state history, where ads for and against the plan lined highways and bombarded television viewers.
Legal fights are likely.
The line is already being built and worth billions of dollars to the Quebec public utility and to its American partners.
But on Tuesday night, project opponents hugged and cheered. At a party held amid fire pits at an outdoor beer garden in Farmington, they demanded a pause on ongoing work while state politicians weigh their response.
“We’re going to certainly be demanding that they stop construction right away,” said Sandi Howard, a teacher who organized opponents against the project.
“If they’re wanting to take that financial risk [of building], that’s on them. This is a strong message to them that we really don’t want this project.”
Opponents viewed the project as providing too little benefit considering the damage to their state’s forests; they accused two foreign…