Charleston moves to stop East West highway through their town

Posted Tuesday, November 12, 2013 in News

Charleston moves to stop East West highway through their town

CHARLESTON -- Last week, tiny Charleston voted 48-2 to extend the moratorium on the East-West highway coming through their town; this week, the town is considering a permanent ban.

Using a rights-based approach, Charleston is poised to join neighbor Sangerville in forbidding an energy corridor.  In Charleston's case, they want no highway at all, citing environmental damage.

A spokesman for Cianbro said that they are reviewing the rights based ordinances, which are based on Maine's constitution and are rarely challenged, even more rarely successfully challenged.

"We still don't even know where the East West highway would be," a spokesman said.  According to an early map, Sangerville and Charleston lie on or near the proposed highway.  Many other towns in Somerset, Penobscot, and Washington counties are moving to establish moratoria against the highway.

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