Quebec Hydro damaged lots of Indian and other lands.

It’s easy to get aggravated these days, from Donald Trump to CMP. CMP has already launched TV ads to convince us that their disastrous project ripping through western Maine is a good thing. I was astonished by their first TV ad which was full of lies.

For example, the TV ad actually said the project would bring hydropower from Québec to Maine. Now we all know that that project is going to take power from Québec and deliver it to Massachusetts. I guess they just don’t dare to acknowledge that. None of that power will stay in Maine.

And they are hiding the damage that Québec Hydro has done, particularly to Indian lands. I had a very exciting fishing experience at a sporting camp owned by an Indian tribe on a spectacular river in Québec.

Sadly, not long after I experienced the amazing fishing there, Québec Hydro started building a dam that was going to end the good fishing and close the sporting camp.

If you haven’t yet signed the petition to give Mainers a chance to vote to stop CMP’s destructive project in our state, please do so soon.

George Smith

About George Smith

George stepped down at the end of 2010 after 18 years as the executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine to write full time. He writes a weekly editorial page column in the Kennebec Journal and Waterville Morning Sentinel, a weekly travel column in those same newspapers (with his wife Linda), monthly columns in The Maine Sportsman magazine, two outdoor news blogs (one on his website,, and one on the website of the Bangor Daily News), and special columns for many publications and newsletters. Islandport Press published a book of George's favorite columns, "A Life Lived Outdoors" in 2014. In 2014, George also won a Maine Press Association award for writing the state's bet sports blog. In 2016, Down East Books published George's book, Maine Sporting Camps, and Islandport Press published George and his wife Linda's travel book, Take It From ME, about their favorite Maine inns and restaurants.