The PNGTS Extension promoters were busy greasing the wheels long before Landowners ever received any indication of their impending project.
Promoters obviously softened up the Quebec UPA farmers union beforehand because as soon as the project was announced the UPA sent a letter around to its members telling them "welcome the negociators and be well paid".
However, a majority of woodlot owners and farmers were opposed to the project and under pressure from its members the UPA changed its position and ultimately submitted briefs of opposition before the Memphremagog MRC and Quebec's Bureau d'audiences publiques sur l'environment - the BAPE.
The UPA also became one of several parties who underwrote the landowner's coalition's court challange of the CPTAQ (Commission de protection du territoire agricole du Québec) hearings on the grounds of conflict of interest.
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