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East-West Highway Campaign  

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Letters to the Editor

Tips for an effective Letter to the Editor:

1) Be timely and respond to an article in the paper. The best letters are those that are in response to an article that ran in the paper within the past two or three days. Begin your letter by citing the original story by name, date, and author.
2) Keep your letter short. Letters should be 150 words or less.
3) Keep your letter focused. Stay focused on one (or, at the most, two) main point(s), and get to the main point in the first two sentences.
4) Provide a new perspective. Readers do not want to read restated old arguments. Provide a new way of viewing the issue.
5) Have an action item. What should they do with the information you are giving them? Who are you targeting?
6) Include your contact information. Be sure to include your full name, address, phone number at the bottom of the letter. Often newspapers want this information so they can verify that you wrote the letter.

Use our two fact sheets for relevant talking points or ideas for your letter.

Sample Letters to the Editor


We are glad to announce that LD 985 and LD 721 have become law!

In addition, both houses passed a resolution calling for legislative oversight and in depth agency review for any east-west highway project.


To contact your legislator by phone, mail or email:

Successful Press Conference and Hearing

We had two great successes on April 30th. We started the day with a great press conference with the Businesses Against the East-West Highway campaign presenting the list of 125 small, local businesses owners in the path of the proposed highway opposing the highway. In the afternoon was the Transportation Committee hearing on 6 bills working to help stop the highway. Many environmental groups and individuals in the path of the highway voiced their concerns about the highway and their support for the bills.

Here are a few media highlights from the day:

MPBN, Maine Small Business Owners Criticize East-West Highway Plan

WCSH, Channel 6 (NBC), Portland, ME, Small business owners voice concerns over east west highway

Portland Press Herald, Maine businesses speak out against east-west highway

Bangor Daily News, East-west highway foes say project would hurt businesses, environment

You can read our testimony above and additional media hits from the day.

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About the Campaign 

Known as the “East West Highway,” the proposal includes plans for a privately-owned 220-mile long high-toll highway. It would cut across the center of the Maine Woods in order to move freight trucks and cargo from New Brunswick to Quebec Canada. Although many of the key details have not been disclosed, corporate promoters describe a four-lane, high-speed highway through a 500-2,000 foot wide swath cleared through existing forest. The massive construction project would cross a multitude of mostly privately owned lands between the eastern border town of Calais and the western border town of Coburn Gore.

This East-West truck transport highway would endanger our waterways and air quality, increase noise and light pollution, harm key wilderness recreational areas, and diminish the tourism experience in the region.

Read more about the campaign in our new brochure below.


Maine Chapter Press Release (12/11/12): Proposed East-West Highway Across Maine Ranks As One Of The Worst
Transportation Projects In U.S.

What can you do to stop the highway?

  1. Sign our online petition.
  2. Join our email list to stay up to date on what is happening around the state on this issue.
  3. Write a letter to the editor to your local newspaper explaining why you oppose the highway.
  4. Volunteer to be active in your community opposing the highway. Email the Maine Chapter at, to get involved.

Recent Press (for older materials, check out the archives page)

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