Maine company plans $125 million tidal power project

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A company's plan to build a tidal power project on the Pennamaquan River is making some Down East elver fishers furious.

Halcyon Tidal Power is looking to build a $125 million tidal power project, similar to a dam, in Washington County. It could provide electricity to 13,000 homes.

The project could take three years to finish, between completing the study plan and getting all the necessary permits.

"It is really the solution for the future, or at least a big part of it," Dr. Ramez Atiya, Chairman of Halcyon Tidal Power, said.

The company is currently developing a study plan for the project, which creates power and maintains the natural in and out flow of the tide. If the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approves the study plan, it will be used to see what the environmental impact would be to build the project on Cobscook Bay.

Halcyon Tidal Power held a meeting Thursday, where elver fishers had the chance to voice their opinions about the project.

The baby eel fishers said the project will alter the Pennamaquan River's natural flow and disrupt the elvers' migratory pattern. They also said it could possibly kill all the wildlife in the river.

"Of course it's going to chop everything in," elver fisher Randal Bushey said. "I mean I've seen this happen in Jamaica where the whole bay turns blood. All kinds of more predators into the bay area."

The company is having a meeting for Pembroke residents at noon Friday in the town office.


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