Support is increasing in Massachusetts for a bill that would apply state environmental laws to the Great Whale River Project.

In early April, the bill gained the backing of Senator Mark Montigny, the influential co-chair of the legislature’s energy committee. Environmentalists say Great Whale will probably not satisfy the state’s environmental laws. Hydro-Quebec opposes the bill. “Will we start looking at every product we import, and should we see if you are in performance with our rules?” asked Jacques Guevremont. Hydro-Quebec’s U.S. representative.