“Rising Tide Vermont stands in solidarity with First Nations communities who are defending their traditional territories against resource colonialism and environmental devastation,” said Sara Mehalick, a member of Rising Tide Vermont. “For decades, Cree, Innu, and Inuit communities in Quebec and Labrador have been organizing to halt the construction of massive hydroelectric dams on their ancestral lands, which have severely impacted wildlife, watersheds, and the livelihoods of nearby communities. The New England Clean Power Link would be a green light for the continued colonization of these territories, now under the guise of so-called ‘clean energy’.”
Last summer, a delegation from the Innu community of Mani-Utenam in northern Quebec travelled to Burlington to protest the Conference of New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers’ promotion of mega-hydro electricity from their territory . Over the past few years, Innu community members have engaged in hunger strikes, blockades, and other direct actions to halt the construction of dams on the Romaine River, which began without their free, prior, and informed consent.
Mehalick said, “We are firmly opposed to the expansion of extreme energy infrastructure in New England, and call on the relevant decision-makers to reject this false solution to climate change, which exacerbates social and environmental injustices without addressing the root causes of the climate crisis."
“Instead of the Governor’s vision of Vermont as an energy highway for fracked gas and mega-hydro power, we find inspiration in the innumerable community-based solutions which are every day coming from the grassroots,” she added.
Sara Mehalick, Rising Tide Vermont, 802.338.1613
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2] From http://www.necplink.com/QandA.php: “The project will be financed by the private sector. The lead investor is the Blackstone Group, a leader in alternative asset management with over $230 billion currently under management. Blackstone specializes in private equity and has emerged as one of the largest private equity firms in the world.”