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FERC Has Dismissed Calais LNG
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- BENTEK: Marcellus Shale Production Poised to Disrupt U.S. Natural Gas Market
Calais LNG has 20 days to respond to FERC 03/26/10
- Calais LNG Files Papers for Terminal Canadian PM Steadfastly Opposes 01/10/10 
- Calais LNG Must Have Canadian Cooperation
- Goldman Sachs leaving Calais LNG - Move puts future of LNG plan in doubt 07/26/10
Hello? Whales unaffected by Calais LNG plant (Feb 25)? 03/26/10
Passamaquoddy Tribe Members Win Victory in Natural Gas Dispute 04/29/10
Province of NB Responds to Calais LNG 03/26/10
- St. Andrews Mayor Voices Objections to LNG 04/23/10
U.S. Fisheries Service Accused of Removing Protection of Right Whale by Changing Its Name 07/07/10
U.S. & Canadian Engineers Explore Safe Siting of Liquid Natural Gas Terminals 07/21/10

Vera Francis Honored: "Dear Save Passamaquoddy Bay 3-Nation Alliance Members: It is with absolute pride and great joy that we send you this information (see message below), which will be announced soon in the media. What an honor to Vera, all Nulankeyutomonen Nkihtahkomikumon members, and Passamaquoddy Bay. Thanks to Cyril for nominating Vera, Bob for informing us all about the voting, and all who voted. We'll celebrate this together one day soon. Smiles everywhere for Vera. Linda Linda Godfrey, coordinator Save Passamaquoddy Bay"
"Dear Ms. Francis,
Each fall, the Natural Resources Council of Maine honors several individuals or organizations for their extraordinary efforts to protect Maine’s environment. One of the most inspiring awards is our People’s Choice Award, nominated and voted on by NRCM members and friends. You were nominated by Cyril Francis, and NRCM members and activists overwhelmingly agreed that your efforts to defeat a plan for a liquefied natural gas terminal in Passamaquoddy Bay are truly exceptional. We would be honored if you would accept NRCM’s 2010 People’s Choice Award at our upcoming annual meeting.
We will hold our annual meeting on Thursday, October 21, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Glickman Family Library at University of Southern Maine, Portland. You and your family will be guests of NRCM.
The theme of this year’s meeting is Natural Leaders.
Congratulations, and thank you for your extraordinary commitment to protecting Passamaquoddy Bay.
My very best, Gretta Gretta J. Wark, Director of Development Natural Resources Council of Maine"

"Natural gas is an energy source everyone can love.  It is abundant domestically, it can substitute for oil in a number of applications, and it emits very little greenhouse gas.  Recently developed horizontal-drillings technology has transformed the natural gas industry by multiplying the amount of gas that can be extracted from old and new wells.  Shale gas that is abundant in North America is less costly to produce than oil, coal, and most other forms of energy.  As vast new reserves are being opened, natural gas has suddenly become the most promising immediate oil substitute , as well as a much larger contributor to our overall energy requirements.  America should be building gas pipelines as quickly as possible." - Mitt Romney pg 241

- Acting FERC Chairman Unsure How Much LNG Needed to Supply U.S. Market in Near Term
Canada Controls Head Harbour Passage! 092809 
- Coast Guard issues letter of recommendation, waterway suitability report to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 010709 
Concerns About Wind Power and Wildlife 05/18/09 
Downeast LNG and Calais LNG ... two for the price of one? 05/18/09 
Downeast LNG EIA conclusions and summary posted 05/18/09 

Downeast LNG's Girdis, Comical Ali, and Canada 02/03/09 
Environment Thompson says he will also continue opposition to proposed LNG plants in Maine 1/15/09
- FERC Chairman Resigns 
- FERC Comments on Calais LNG 04/14/09 
FERC Comments on LNG - Richard Berry 070709 
- FERC Sets Deadline for LNG Decision
- Harnessing the Power of the Sea 04/29/09 
Passamaquoddy LNG Issue Continues to Split Friends, Family, and Communities 080209 
- LNG Law Blog 
- LNG Tanker Traffic Gets OK [Girdis' Response]
MA Company sues Quoddy Bay LNG  02/18/09 
New Direction for FERC Under Obama Administration? 04/14/09 
Notice of Proposed US Coast Guard Rulemaking for LNG Facilities 05/18/09  
Our U.S. neighbours find it odd that province would ask for corridors through Maine when not ensuring them through Canadian waters 04/20/09 
The Premier Sets the Record Straight 05/18/09 
Province Softening Stance on LNG in Passamaquoddy Bay 05/06/09
- Report U.S. Coast Guard says tankers can safely travel Head Harbour Passage to proposed plant 010909 
Repsol Official: Doubts room for more than one new LNG terminal. 04/20/09 
- St. Andrews' Citizens Will be Burning 1/25/09 
Save Passamaquoddy Bay - FERC eLibrary Downeast LNG Formal Application Comment Filings List - 07/09 
Secret Trade Pact Between US, Europe 4/14/09 
- Sovereignty Trumps LNG Plans 02/21/09
State puts delay on energy corridor plan Limited water access from Canada to Washington County may sink a plan to ship energy through Maine 05/18/09 
US Coast Guard OKs LNGs Route 01/09/09  
The US Coast Guard provides letter of recommendation in response to the Letter of Intent that Downeast LNG submitted on 12/30/05 proposing to transport LNG by ship to the Downeast LNG facility under CP07-52. 1/15/09
USCG Addresses Canadian Sovereignty, Other Issues, in Downeast LNG WSR 

BIA Motions to Intervene in Downeast LNG Project 031008 
Canada formally objects to LNG tankers in Canadian waters 022308 
Competition Increases Between 2 LNG Projects 061008 
- FERC Dismisses Quoddy Bay Pipeline Application 101808 
- FERC Suspends Quoddy Bay LNG Review 042608 
LNG Delays Spark Jabs Between Companies - BDN 060708  
LNG Tanker Adrift 35 Miles Off Cape Cod 021108 
- Newest Bay of Fundy LNG Proposal - Comments to FERC   
--- Comment of Mary Barnett in Docket(s)/Project(s) PF08-24-000
--- Comment of Roosevelt Campobello International Park Commission under PF08-24. 
--- Comment on Filing: St Croix Valley Chamber of Commerce submits comments re Calais LNG under PF08-24.
--- Maine Department of Conservation submits a list that identifies (rare and exemplary botanical) features with potential to        occur in the area of the Calais LNG Project under PF08-24.
--- Comment of Joyce Morrell in Docket(s)/Project(s) PF08-24-000
--- Comment of Art A. MacKay in Docket(s)/Project(s) PF08-24-000
--- Comment of Town of Baileyville under PF08-24.
--- Comment of Douglas B Bartlett in Docket(s)/Project(s) PF08-24-000
--- Comments of Joyce E. Morrell and Janice R. Meiners concerning Calais LNG terminals under PF08-24.
--- Transcript of the 12/04/08 Public Hearing held at Washington County Community College in Calais, Maine under PF08-24.
--- General Correspondence Calais LNG Project Company LLC's Monthly Pre-Filing Status Report No. 4 for the period of October 31, 2008 through December 05, 2008 under PF08-24.
--- Comments of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service under PF08-24-000.
--- Comment of St. Croix Estuary Project Inc. under PF08-24.
--- Comment letter from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on NOI to prepare EIS under PF08-24.
--- Comment of Art A. MacKay in Docket(s)/Project(s) PF08-24-000
--- Comments of SPB Canada regarding the LNG terminal proposed by Calais LNG under PF08-24.
--- Comment of Douglas B Bartlett in Docket(s)/Project(s) PF08-24-000
--- Comment of Ronald C Remick, JR under PF08-24-000.
--- Comment of Herm Gadway under PF08-24-000.
--- Comments of Sherly L King.
--- Comments of BAYSIDE PORT CORPORATION under PF08-24-000.
--- Comment of madonna mae soctomah in Docket(s)/Project(s) PF08-24-000
--- Comment of EPA Region 1 under PF08-24.
--- Comments of Williams R. Bridgeo's re Calais NLG project under PF08-24.
--- Comments of Mac Greene, Captain of Campobello Whale Rescue Team concerning marine mammals at risk in Head Harbour area 
--- Comment of Donald Soctomah in Docket(s)/Project(s) PF08-24-000
--- Comment of Conservation Law Foundation under PF08-24.
--- Comment of NOAA Fisheries, Northeast Region under PF08-24.
--- Comment of Downeast LNG, Inc. under PF08-24.
--- Save Passamaquoddy Bay Scoping Comments re Calais LNG under PF08-24-000
--- Additional Comments of SavePassamaquoddyBay in PF08-24.
--- Comment of National Park Service under PF08-24.
--- Comment of St. Croix International Waterway Commission under PF08-24.
--- Comment of laird higgison in Docket(s)/Project(s) PF08-24-000
--- Comments of Bernard J Lukco et al re Calais LNG Project under PF08-24.

- Passamaquoddy at Pleasant Point Comment on LNG
- Pleasant Point Reservation Comments re LNG 031508  
- Quoddy Bay LNG Withdraws State Application
- Right Whale Researchers Have Exciting New Blog
Sierra Club [provided by Kathy Berry] 050608 
SPB Canada Speaks Out About LNG Threat 121908 
Teen Earns Award for Work Opposing LNG Terminal061008 

Bishop Bill to Guard Nation's Vital Estuaries040207 
California Panel Nixs LNG Port Near Los Angeles 042307 
Canada Formally Opposes LNG Will Refuse Head Harbour Passage 021507   
Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Letter to Berrys 042107
Canadian Petition to Protect Right Whales in Head Harbour Passage 012807 
Canadian PM to Bush - No LNG in Passamaquoddy Bay 08/30/07 
- Cliff Goudey Comments re LNG
January 2007 
Cliff Goudey Email re LNG January 2007 
- Coast Guard Proposes Safety Zone For Gas Tankers 030207 
Comments: Atlantic Salmon Commission 010507 
- Comments: Cove Brook Watershed Council 010507 
Comments: Division of Land Resource Legislation 010507 
- Deadline Notice from FERC to Downeast LNG
- Definition of Internal Waters
- DELNG Withdrawal from State of Maine Application
Response to DELNG Withdrawal of Maine Application 091507 
Doucets Explains Provincial LNG Stand 022307 
E-mail from Sharon Howland to Kathy Berry 080307 
Eastport Outlines LNG Concerns 053007
Environmental Injustice: Developing LNG on Passamaquoddy land 072207

Fisheries and Wildlife Recommend Denying LNG Permit 052007 
Harper Dismisses Bush Plea for Gas Tankers Passage 12/14/07
- Hurray for Canada
- Is LNG a Smokescreen?
- Janice Harvey Sums it Up
- Law of the Sea 052007
Law of the Sea Notes 052007
LawmakersFear Additional LNG Terminals will Outstretch Security Resources 040207 
- Lesley Pinder, MD Op-Ed 040207
- Letter from RADM Flynn re LNG Quoddy Bay
July 2007
- Letter from Berry's and Robbinston Residents
- LNG Companies Won't Quit
- LNG Risk Analysis re Quoddy Bay - Art McKay & Cliff Goudey
LNG St. John vs LNG Passamaquoddy 021607 
LNG Shortfall Coming? 032807 
- Mayor Enlightens FCM Members about LNG Threat 091507 
Maine's Ruling Family 080607
Moving Beyond Threats and NB Latest Move!!! 022707 
- Navigation One of Many Issues Facing LNG Projects 042007 
New study planned: LNG Tankers 091308 
NIMBYism Girdis says.....  011007 
Ottawa to consider banning US bound tankers from NB091007 
Ottawa Unmoved by LNG Study 100907 
- Outlining the Consequences of an LNG Disaster 
- RADM Flynn Response to Girdis Op-ED
- Response to Senator Susan Collins
Roosevelt Campobello Comments re LNG 050807 
Sierra Club Maine Submission to Maine BEP 092407 
SPB Exposes LNG Ships' Hazard to Passamaquoddy Bay 060807
- State Denies Downeast LNG Request to Withdraw Application 092107 
- Statement by Girdis and Response by MacKay 021707 
Statement of Concern for Passamaquoddy Bay and its Citizens 080207
Thousands attend Anti-LNG Rally 080807 
- Time Article 1974 - Does This Sound Familiar? 040207 
- Tribes Frustration Flairs Anew 011007  
- US Coast Guard Responds to Downeast LNG Claims
U.S. Company to Harness Tides of Southern NB 030707 
US DoI rejects DELNG pipeline through Moosehorn 100407 
- Where will the Eagle Sleep? 053007
- With LNG, Maine ought to fight for fishermen's rights

- Abundance of sharks, whales, birds, and fish suggests the old days are back  
- An Inconvenient Truth
- Anti-LNG Letter from Several Famous Malibu Residents 
- Art MacKay Letter 
- Art MacKay Letter to Editor re LNG  
- Art MacKay Right Whales at Deadmans 
- Berry Letter to Congressmen
- Brier Island Whale & Seabird Tours 062706  
Cliff Goudey Comments re LNG May 2006 
- Cliff Goudey Letter  re LNG 
Criticized for Role in LNG Dispute 122306   
- Dangers of LNG Underplayed says MIT Engineer -
Saint Croix Courier 082506 
- Dead Juvenile Right Whale  
- Dead Whale Found in Passamaquoddy  
- DMR Withdrawal as Cooperating Agency
- Does LNG Have a Viable Future in Maine
Bangor Daily News 061006 
- Downeast Proposes Dredging at Mill Cove across from St. Andrews 091106  
- EPA's Letter
re Downeast LNG May 2006   
- Evening Times Globe
December 1973 
- FERC Plans LNG Impact Study 
- Fin Back Whale off Campobello Head Harbor Passage. Picture was taken from Richard Berry's boat by Danita  Nickle. They also spotted minke whale near the same location.
How Do East LNG Tankers get by Quoddy LNG Tankers at Berth at Split Rock?  
- Kathy Berry Poem 
- Kathy Berry's Letter to Chamber of Commerce  
- Last Gas Hillary Bain Lindsay, The Dominion
August 2006 
- Letter & Brochure to Robbinston Residents January 2006 
Letter from Brian Flynn November 2006 
- Letter from Premier of New Brunswick November 2006 
- Letter re LNG Filing October 2006 
- Letter re LNG Filing
October 2006 
- Letter Sent to Maine Delegation on Behalf of Quoddy Canadians  
- Letters of Opposition to LNG 110706 Letter 1, Letter 2, Letter 3, Letter 4, Letter 5, Letter 6, Letter 7  
LNG Tanker Compared to Freighter
111006 photo 
- Magic City Morning Star
- Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands
re LNG Passamaquoddy April 2006 
- Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands
re LNG Mill Cove April 2006 
- Maine Withdraws as a "Cooperating Agency"
- National Moosehorn Refuge, Letter to FERC  122306 
- Passamaquoddy Bay is in an Earthquake Prone Area 042006 by Richard Berry 
Passamaquoddy Bay vs Saint John Harbour 
- Perry - LNG Negotiator Causes Concern for Voters
- Press Release 
- Premier Will Act on LNG Issue
September 2006 
- Quoddy Tides Article
June 2006 
- Quote from Hansard, Official Record from the House of Commons
- RADM Flynn letter to PM Harper
- Richard Berry's Comments 12/28/05 LNG Meeting  
- Robert Godfrey's Letter to FERC
Robert Godfrey's Letter to FERC 121306 
Sharp Response to Oklahoman Article on Quoddy Bay LNG Smith Family 100806 
St. Andrews donates to save Passamaquoddy Bay 120806 
- The Tide Online 
- Town of Liberty Concerns
- Upcoming Seminar  
- Whole Bay Study confirms LNG opponents' arguments  August 2006  
- Yellow Wood Responds  

RADM Brian Flynn, U.S. Assistant Surgeon General (USPHS, Ret.) comments about Downeast LNG President Dean Girdis's op-ed in the 2007 Nov 11 Maine Sunday Telegram
     "A good while ago, in a BDN OPED, I stated that the LNG import facilities proposed in the Passamaquoddy Bay area are the health and moral equivalent of offering tainted food to hungry people. I further cautioned that care must be taken not to blame hungry people from being tempted to take this food. Mr. Girdis seems disingenuously surprised and frustrated that the people of Maine and Canada, and the governments they elect, are not jumping at the chance to super-size his fetid meal. One must wonder what in the world he is telling his investors. I suspect that the real audience for articles like this are his investors as he begins his attempt to evade his obvious culpability for this failure in which he continues to earn money while they continue to lose money."
"Dean Girdis not happy with BEP and State of Maine," Google Groups [Quoddy], 2007 Nov 12. 

E-mail to Kathy Berry

Thanks for putting so much effort into trying to save the bay.  I don't know what people are thinking.  This is not a solution.  I think so many times about what happened to our hospital here.  It was in trouble and a big developer stepped in to save the hospital.  To make a long story short, the hospital closed within the year.  The developer got the land and sold the hospital for $52 million!  In the huge parking lot he built high rise condo after condo after condo.  There is a reason why towns and cities would not let these LNG's be built.  Offering these "wonderful" deals to the towns is disgusting!  As soon as the construction is completed, they will sell it to another concern who will say that all bets are off.  Just needed to sound off a bit. Keep up the good work!  Sharon Howland
Editor of Washington/Charlotte Kounty Records Preservation (WKRP)
Grantor and Trustee of the Washington County, Maine Records Preservation Fund
Author: Calais, Maine Vital Statistics Prior to 1892; Vital Records of Alexander, ME; Records of Calais, Maine Volume 2 - Early Vital Records, Tax Lists and Census Records

Are We More Than A Tourist Destination? You Bet We Are! As Indigenous leaders involved in taking care of our land, and protecting our descendant's rights to clean air, water, and land, our primary focus is protecting Passamaquoddy Bay and our cultural and ceremonial gathering place, Split Rock. Within the reality that each of us now face - global climate change - our work is even more critical for creating justice for Indigenous people facing environmental and cultural destruction. For us, environmental racism is DownEast LNG and Quoddy Bay LNG both vying to control our inherent wealth - our holy waterscapes-- our sense of place - our dignity-our heartland-simply because the Governor of Maine thinks it's best. We did not choose LNG: it was chosen for us. Rather than deal with the economic challenges in Washington County, a few politicians and even fewer community leaders have decided to gamble away our heritage waters and coastal communities for a quick fix. LNG: it's the carrot these few now pursue. Launched in 2004, Nulankeyutomonen Nkihtahkomikumon (NN) is an organized grassroots effort challenging the leveraged selection of tribal land in Sipayik as the site for an LNG import terminal. There years later, several local referendums have been promoted as milestones, and achievements for Quoddy Bay LLC, each a part of a grand hoax-a smokescreen. Whether or not these claims for success will prove to be just happy talk -- NN denounce each as part and parcel of the policy at play- environmental racism. NN reaffirms our commitment to Take Care of Our Land and aims to reframe environmental justice in public debate. Act today! Voice your opposition to Quoddy Bay LLC and Downeast LNG's projects-desecrating Passamaquoddy Bay and Split Rock is not economic development. NN believes Maine's coastal communities deserve better - join us and help transform the current lack of leadership for renewable energy and a just society. Write to your senators and representatives and express your concern about LNG and environmental injustice.  Vera Francis 040907

Date: Wed, 17 Jan 2007  To: rep.tomallen@mail.house.gov From: Clifford Goudey <cgoudey@mit.edu> Subject: Maine, FERC, and LNG import terminal siting Cc:Bcc: cgoudey@mit.edu X-Attachments: Dear Congressman Allen, Below is a letter written by the entire Connecticut congressional delegation and sent to FERC Chairman Kelliher expressing their united opposition to the Broadwater LNG terminal proposed by Shell and TransCanada in the middle of Long Island Sound.  I was struck by their stated basis for concern: the long-term health, vitality and accessibility of Long Island Sound and the industrialization of a sensitive ecosystem. These seven elected officials have taken this stance with a full knowledge of the importance of natural gas to Connecticut's economy and the energy needs of its residents.  They have taken this stance knowing that the distance of the proposed Broadwater terminal from Connecticut's shoreline offers little risk to its citizens.  They have taken this stance while cognizant that the shores of Long Island Sound are already heavily industrialized and the waters are busy with maritime traffic.  But out of an obligation to principle and the concerns of their constituents, they have taken a stand against uncontrolled energy development. For four year the coast of Maine has been the target of energy companies looking to place their LNG import terminal.  Citizens of Harpswell, Cumberland, Yarmouth, Searsport, Corea, Prospect Harbor, Pleasant Point, Robbinston, Calais, and Cutler have woken up one morning to learn their town had become targeted.  Some LNG developers were serious, some were just quietly probing, but the citizens have spoken clearly in each case. However, today those living around Passamaquoddy Bay are facing the greatest threat yet: two land-based LNG import terminals have progressed through pre-filing and are now under review by FERC.  So far, opponents, though in the majority, have been powerless to stop these two lingering projects. Through all this acrimony the Maine delegation has been deafeningly silent.  Yet unlike Connecticut, LNG is irrelevant to Maine's Economy and fewer than 2% of Maine's population have direct access to natural gas.  Like the Connecticut situation, these projects represent a major threat to the local ecosystem and to continued access to public trust waters.  But unlike Connecticut, Maine has a coastal economy that depends in large part on marine resources and tourism.  However, and most important in my mind, these two Maine proposals are land-based and represent a safety and security hazard to Maine citizens. It is time for leadership.  It is time for Maine's Senators and Representatives to make it clear to FERC and would-be developers that Maine is not interested in hosting inappropriate energy infrastructure so that southern New England can heighten its addiction to imported energy.  It is time to remove the threat that currently hangs over Passamaquoddy Bay.  Please voice your objection to the reckless siting activities of LNG developers, to the mindless accommodation of FERC, and to the two ill-conceived projects in Washington County.  Better yet, prepare a bipartisan message in collaboration with your colleagues and proclaim Maine's position as clearly as Connecticut has. I would be happy to assist in any way toward the crafting of such a communication, helping you make sure it is fact-based and responsive to the issues before the FERC. Respectfully, Clifford A. Goudey cc: Sen. Snow Sen. Collins Rep. Michaud

Mark Wren: With LNG, Maine ought to fight for fishermen’s rights. [BDN Staff Thursday, January 11, 2007 - Bangor Daily News] Massachusetts and fishermen there have reached a $23 million settlement with an LNG company attempting to site a terminal off the coast. The money is to compensate the fishermen for loss of livelihood and gear or to compensate them for giving up their fishing permits. With two different LNG terminals being permitted in Passamaquoddy Bay, we have read nothing about a pay out to our area fishermen, let alone what the environmental impact will be over 20 to 30 years. I realize Robbinston only has a handful of fishermen plying the bay for their livelihood and Downeast LNG has contacted some fishermen individually about compensation for the loss of fishing, but a solid commitment to these fishermen has never been followed up. Our few fishermen are only a fraction of the people fishing Robbinston waters. Only eight miles away is another LNG project attempting to gain permits. These two terminals will affect a large area of good fishing ground involving individuals from all over the area. I don’t recall hearing these LNG firms offering any pay out either. The local Washington County LNG developers have stated their ships in transit and terminal will not affect fishing in the bay or the environment. Fishing would go on as always with very little interruption, therefore compensation for fishing would be very minimal. It seems that Massachusetts and its fishermen believe there will be definite damage not only to lobsters and fishing but also to the ocean environment and marine life. They negotiated $23 million in total funds to cover a 20-year life of just one terminal. The site in question is 13 miles offshore, not even involved in local shipping or inshore fishing. Our developers are pushing two sites in tiny Passamaquoddy Bay. LNG tankers will be passing in and out of the bay on a daily basis. The LNG cargo vessels are expected to be at least 1,700 feet in length and at least 250 feet wide. There will be four or five ocean-going diesel tugs involved in moving each LNG tanker in and out of the bay and up to Perry and Robbinston. These LNG tankers draft 55 feet when loaded and the terminal pier for Robbinston is stuck out into the bay 4,300 feet. How will the fishermen, let alone tour boats, be able to work around this situation. What will the impact be on the lobster, crab and marine industry after 20 to 30 years of this type of development? LNG tankers in this situation are being forced on our Canadian neighbors. The fishing communities on the other side of the border have absolutely no leverage in gaining any compensation for their losses. The impact of the LNG ships is more far-reaching. Because of the area involved in the transit through Canadian waters, the livelihoods of the approximately 17,000 people are affected on the Canadian side. Not only a thriving fishery, the islands have established a healthy tourist industry. Both would most definitely be affected by the daily tanker traffic through their waters. Dean Girdis of Downeast LNG has tried to compare the LNG tankers to the passage of cargo vessels docking at Bayside, N.B., to fill up with gravel and stone. These vessels are approximately 280 feet long and most times do not use the Head Harbor passage for transit. There is a big difference between these vessels and what the LNG developers are proposing. The LNG tankers have to be turned 90 degrees at the entrance to the Head Harbor passage, pass through the narrows and past Deer Isle, then turned 90 degrees in front of Eastport to head up river. This route is in Canadian waters and involves all these small fishing towns. What will the effect be on the entire estuary? Why is the state of Maine not looking at the big picture here in Washington County? Our representatives on all levels seem to be nonexistent. Shouldn’t our state take some notice of what is conspiring here in Washington County and Passamaquoddy Bay? Where is the support from Augusta for our fishermen and the environmental impact on the whole bay over the next 30 years? The Passamaquoddy Tribe has already entered into a contract with the Split Rock developers for $15 million to $17 million in royalties per year. The proposed contract for the town of Robbinston, dated December 2005 with Downeast LNG, is asking for $1,200,000 annually with a percentage of town taxes paid, and a list of miscellaneous extras. Both LNG projects when operational will make billions in profits for the oil and utility companies per year. I see no mention of compensation for any fisherman’s loss of income, loss of gear or decline in fishery stocks. Perhaps it is time for these two host towns to realize the lasting impact and what the magnitude of these projects mean to the lives of all the people in the bay, not just for the 500 people in Robbinston or the struggling Passamaquoddy Tribe. I realize that there will be the potential of jobs on the tugs for some U.S. fishermen, but what about the people who have made a living on the bay for generations? What about a way of life? These developers need to be held accountable for the future of this bay. With or without help from the state government, the towns chosen as sites for LNG need to take the responsibility that appropriate compensation is made by the LNG companies for the jobs that will be lost in the bay on both sides of the border. Please wake up people; this really is the big picture. [Mark Wren lives in Robbinston.]

These comments by SPB's  Webmaster,  Bob Godfrey
While the writer of this op-ed piece is correct that the local fishermen are not being guaranteed any just compensation, the reality is that neither developer has any chance of success. They can't pass state permitting requirements; they have serious environmental problems; the Quoddy Bay LNG project doesn't have a valid lease, and they can't come up with a workable evacuation plan for Eastport; they won't be able to obtain an LNG supply, so they won't be able to obtain any customers for their natural gas; and even if they could obtain a commitment for the LNG supply, they can't bring their LNG vessels through Head Harbour Passage against Canada's will. Besides all that, any LNG terminals in Passamaquoddy Bay would violate numerous LNG-industry pier-siting best-practices standards. The LNG industry, itself, warns against siting piers in the conditions existing in — and transiting LNG vessels in the conditions of the approaches to, and within — Passamaquoddy Bay. In addition, LNG importing facilities are currently operating at only 50% capacity; the US importation volume of LNG is declining; LNG storage supply is at an all-time high; natural gas feedstock consumption by industry is moving overseas, and won't be returning; LNG import terminal projects elsewhere in the US and Canada are being cancelled due to lack of LNG supply; no new LNG liquefaction capacity in the world will be online until 2011, so the supply is limited; and Europe and Asia are willing to pay more for LNG, competing aggressively and successfully against the US to obtain it. Downeast LNG and Quoddy Bay LNG are attempting to live a "pipe dream," and will soon wake up to that reality, if they haven't done so already, but continue to operate because they're being paid by "long-shot" venture capitalists to do so.

Assault on Maine Coast. Cliff Goudey.  Dean Girdis, president of Downeast LNG, claims a "bottom-up approach to gather public support for the project." ("Second LNG applicant files with FERC," BDN, Dec. 23)  What he really means is he sold the idea to the citizens of Robbinston as a concept rather than with its industrial warts showing.  As a result, his project is neither "safe" nor "environmentally sound." No clever approach is going to change the properties of LNG and the lethal consequences of an accident.  No amount of paperwork is going to bring the proposed site closer to the pipeline or to the natural gas markets in southern New England.  Nor can wishful thinking change the treacherous tidal currents in Passamaquoddy Bay and Head Harbor Passage. The chosen site has only one thing going for it; the town is small and the voters were easily swayed.  By contrast, eight other communities along the coast of Maine have rejected the hazards and blight associated with an LNG terminal.Unfortunately, FERC has never denied an application for a new or expanded LNG import terminal.  Downeast LNG and its schizophrenic running mate, Quoddy LNG, will both receive their federal approvals in 2007. Hopefully the state's permitting process has sufficient discretion to block this assault on the coast of Maine and the disastrous affect it would have on the economy of Passamaquoddy Bay.  If not, Canadians have vowed to block the passage of such huge and dangerous cargoes through their territorial waters.  And even if these roadblocks were absent, Downeast and Quoddy are too late in the North American LNG gold rush to gather the financing or source the LNG needed to get either project started. Cliff Goudey Newburyport, Mass.

Saint Croix Courier St. Stephen, NB 2006 December 8. Town donates to Save Passamaquoddy Bay By BARB RAYNER ST. ANDREWS — Save Passamaquoddy Bay Canada are continuing their fight against liquified natural gas (LNG) in Passamaquoddy Bay and at Monday night's meeting town council gave their fund-raising a boost. Councillor Mary Myers said there are still many legal battles to be fought and the information needed will require many hours of research with reports to be produced so their lawyers will have adequate information to defend their position. She said expert witnesses may need to be hired and committee members may be required to travel to hearings. She noted that they are still a long way from seeing the defeat of the LNG menace. Council agreed to grant $3,000 to SPB Canada to assist them in their fund-raising and the money will come from the town's LNG funds. During councillors' comments Councillor Mike Craig said he hoped that the people of Passamaquoddy Bay will be successful in slaying this LNG dragon in 2007. Councillor David Welch encouraged everyone who loves the bay and wants it to continue on as it is, to contribute to this very important campaign. "It's coming to crunch time very soon. There are still two active developers that are planning and working actively towards getting their applications into FERC (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission). "We're going to require money to provide for interveners, provide for lawyers so it's very important that people step up to the plate... [There are] lots of people working on these issues but a lot of these people don't come at a cheap rate so I again encourage people to donate towards this very important cause."

----------Date: Sat, Nov 4 2006 5:12 pm From: "Art"  My wife and I drove to Deadman's Harbour, between Blacks Harbour and Beaver Harbour, this morning to see if we could site some of the 20 or so right whales cruising along the shore between Mace's Bay and Blacks Harbour. Once you cross the causeway at Deadman's Harbour and crest the hill, there is a magnificent view towards the Wolves, Grand Manan, and Campobello. Sure enough, before we stopped the car Marg spotted a right whale blow just off the shore. We spotted perhaps 5 separate animals blowing and diving in this area, some in on the shore and some offshore a miles perhaps. There was an aggregate freighter anchored there in the same area. This was at 10 am, Saturday, November 4, 2006. We went to Pennfield and had breakfast and returned to the same viewing area at 11:30. 4 or 5 right whales were feeding directly below us in a tight group to the east of a little island there. I got some magnificent, if distant, photos that I will be posting on my Flickr site. Check out www.bayoffundy.ca later today and you will be able to link through to see them. Taken together, the right whale sightings of the last couple of weeks reinforce my stand that these animals occur more broadly then just in the sanctuary off Grand Manan. In fact they have occurred historically right where we are seeing them and into Head Harbour Passage as well asjust outside Big Letite Passage. Recent researchers seem to have focused on summer sightings over the last 10 years or so and have been missing data from later in the season as well as night. This is all right whale territory and frankly the proposed routes for LNG tankers, whether from the Fundy Traffic Lane or through Grand Manan Channel, both pose a very serious threat to this important endangered species. If we truly wish to allow other animals a place on this planet, this is one mistake that we don't need to make. I urge everyone to make FERC aware of these sightings and the presence of this endangered and internationally protected species. The whales themselves seem to have decided it is time to settle the debate about their Fundy range! 
Right Whales Photographed from Shore http://groups.google.ca/group/SavePassamaquoddyBay/browse_thread/thread/97921ec120db31d1 

== 1 of 1 == Date: Sat, Nov 4 2006 6:50 pm From: "Art"  Please go to www.bayoffundy.ca to see a slideshow of these photos taken today, November 4, 2006 between 10 am and 11:30 am. Note the 3 freighter photos with rights in the right foreground. This is the place where LNG tankers are likely to layover waiting to enter Passamaquoddy Bay. Art

 Date: Thurs, Sep 28 2006 3:42 pm From: "Art" 
The following quote appeared in Hansard, Canada's official record from the House of Commons. While there seems to have been some doubt amongst some of our friends to the south, I wish to assure you that Prime Minister Harper is the equivalent of your President and the House of Commons is equivalent to Congress. This is from the highest official in Canada folks during a session of the highest political institution in the land. According to the Telegraph Journal, it was Dean Girdis from Downeast LNG that was doing the rounds in Ottawa. Looks like Smith and Girdis will have to challenge us in court if they wish to proceed. Also, remember all of those comments that went something like "If Canada objects, we will not ...." Opposition to the Passamaquoddy LNG terminals is virtually 100% over here. It's time to back down and show some respect for your neighbours and friends! I believe everyone should send a copy of Mr. Harpers statement to FERC with your personal comments on how this should impact their deliberations, the Maine delegation, the proponents and anyone else who might finally get the fact that a sovereign country exists to the north and has sovereign rights which the present government will protect. Perhaps the papers in the home states of Girdis and Smith would be interested in following the antics and disrespect of their native sons! Please do it.

---------Hansard Quote ------- Mr. Mike Allen (Tobique-Mactaquac, CPC):
    Mr. Speaker, unlike the previous Liberal government which refused to take a position on the development in the United States of the production of LNG and specifically the use of Head Harbour Passage to deliver LNG into Maine, can the Prime Minister please update the House with respect to the government's position on this issue?

Right Hon. Stephen Harper (Prime Minister, CPC):
    Mr. Speaker, I gather there are some representatives of that project lobbying around the Hill today, so let me be absolutely clear. This government believes that the waters of Passamaquoddy Bay are Canadian waters. We have defended that position for a long time. We oppose the passage of LNG tanker traffic through Head Harbour and we
will continue to do so. ----------END OF HANSARD QUOTE----------

Tues, Oct 3 2006 5:56 am From: "Art" This is a very important statement by PM Harper. Please let you friends
know about this. It is the equivalent of the US President stating policy. Technically the proponents of the LNG terminals should be packing their bags or starting to look at going to court with Canada. 

Saint Croix Courier St. Stephen, NB 2006 August 25
Dangers of LNG "underplayed"says MIT engineer By BARB RAYNER ST. ANDREWS —
The potential dangers from liquefied natural gas (LNG have been underplayed by the proponents of the projects proposed for Passamaquoddy Bay, says Clif Goudey, a research engineer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He intends to provide information on some of those dangers at a public forum, which will be held at the Anglican Church Wednesday, Aug. 30 starting at 7 p.m. The subject of his talk will be "Does LNG belong in Passamaquoddy Bay?" "There are still a lot of questions about what happens to LNG in extreme situations which, fortunately, the world has never seen. There have been some pretty bad accidents but, so far, a tanker full has never seen a catastrophe. "These things are rather difficult to predict. What is clear to me is that it is just foolish to store or transport that amount of concentrated energy where the public can be impacted by it. It just makes no sense." Goudey, a professor of marine engineering and director of the Centre for Fisheries Engineering Research, said he is going to try to offer facts on LNG at the meeting in a way that he thinks a lot of people have not really heard before because there is so much spin going on. "I would like to be a little provocative. I don't claim to be a renowned international expert on LNG but I am a competent engineer," he said pointing out that he got involved in this topic in 2003 when an LNG site was proposed for Harpswell, Me., where he has a summer property. The site was actually a couple of miles from his property, he said, so he would not have seen it and he didn't have a strong reaction until he saw the kind of tactics being used against the people who wanted answers. "It was handled so poorly. There was so much misinformation being presented that myself and quite a few other people who were not satisfied gave ourselves some self education and formed together in a way which was clearly an opposition group. "My role was to look at the engineering aspects of it and try to get as much information as possible to counter the misinformation being given out." Fortunately, said Goudey, the Harpswell project was proposed on town land and therefore required a town vote so there was time enough for this education process to happen and it was voted down. It was a terribly divisive issue, he said, and it still is in the town. Some people are in favour of such projects because they feel that anything which brings economic development to the area is good, said Goudey, but he questions whether LNG projects such as these are needed. "I think there are alternatives to dealing with our energy needs. This is something that can cause serious harm to people who don't deserve to be exposed to these dangers. You have really got to have a wide area of exclusion around these tankers and storage facilities. I think offshore terminals are the best solution for LNG if, in fact, they are needed. "I have heard about Head Harbour Passage and read about the kind of conditions and, to me, it does not seem like it would be anyone's first choice. I don't think it should even be on the list." Goudey said he thinks the only reason for the proposals in Passamaquoddy Bay and the fact that they have got to the level they have is because of misguided economic desperation. Such developments don't fit in with the normal coastal economy, he said, and certainly not with tourism. He said the fishermen in Harpswell quickly understood what would happen to their fishery if LNG came in. "I am not familiar enough with the fishery in Passamaquoddy Bay, but I assume the fishermen realize their way of life is going to be hugely impacted. "The challenge is what role Canada can play in helping the US and the region across the border from them to make the correct decision. People seem to think it is the answer to economic woes and they are prepared to take a chance on it." The other complicating thing, said Goudey, is that the U.S. Coast Guard is mandated to escort these LNG tankers and, because the U.S. military cannot operate in Canadian waters that becomes a sovereignty issue. "That could be a show stopper. You cannot be asking the Canadian Coast Guard or navy to do the escorting so who is going to escort them as they pass through Canadian waters?" During his talk Goudey said there are things he wants to clarify because of the misinformation that is coming from the proponents. If you look at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) website, he said, there are a lot of comforting words that proponents are able to parrot when it comes to concerns about explosions and they cite perfect track records. "If you look into it and dig deeper there are properties of the material and circumstances where it is way more dangerous than FERC is suggesting and proponents are admitting. "The problem is people on the US side have been talked into believing this is a big economic opportunity. I don't believe it for a minute. If you look at the kind of offers other projects have made to communities they have not negotiated particularly favourable situations for them." Goudey said it was also doubtful whether the people from Washington County would be able to run an LNG plant and they would have to bring trained people in to operate them. He also pointed out that currently there are a number of projects being proposed and there is only a limited pool of trained people to draw from so you could have people with, at best, on the job training operating these facilities yet there is a tremendous amount of energy which could be released all at once. During the meeting Janice Harvey, co-chair of Save Passamaquoddy Bay/Canada, who is director of marine programs for the Conservation Council of New Brunswick, will also discuss what the people of Charlotte County can do to defend their communities from LNG development. Following the presentations, there will time for questions from the audience and information about LNG and Save Passamaquoddy Bay/Canada will be available. Also the lighthouse quilt, made and donated by staff from Sheriff Andrews House to Save Passamaquoddy Bay/Canada will be on display. All funds raised from the $2 raffle tickets will go towards defending local communities from LNG development. Tony Huntjens, the incumbent MLA for Charlotte-Campobello, announced Monday that Premier Bernard Lord has officially declared the government of New Brunswick would act as the intervenor on behalf of the people of the province should the issue of allowing passage of LNG tankers through Canadian waters ever go to court. Huntjens said the premier's declaration meant that "someone will definitely be standing up against the issue of LNG officially."


The fog comes 
   on little cat feet.
It sits looking
    Over harbor & city 
On silent haunches
And then moves on. [Carl Sandburg]

We who oppose LNG in our Bay
Are waiting  for the Day
When, as the fog moves on,
The developers are also gone!  [Kathy Berry]

Sightings of Whale & Birds  by Brier Island Whale & Seabird Tours

Hello Everyone: While out on a whale survey today, we were pleased to sight a Blue whale.  We spent some time watching it and getting the required photographs for photo-identification.  This species can be individually identified by the pattern on the back and also any scarring it may have.  Though not the first time blue whales have been sighted here, it still was very exciting to see. Birds sighted were northern gannets, puffins, 2 red phalaropes (a male and a female, the female was in bright breeding plumage) and Wilson's storm petrels. 
Shelley Barnaby, Brier Island Whale & Seabird Tours

Response Mon, Jun 26 2006, from: "Art" - Now we are talking rare!!!  A Killer Whale was reported at Grand Manan this past week and now a Blue whale at Brier Island!!  Fundy is a
special place. Given a chance, history shows it can even be better.

 FERC Approves Three New LNG Terminals and Two Expansions — Quoddy Tides, Eastport, ME June 25, 2006

In February 2005, at a LNG Community Awareness Workshop, Hal Chappelle of the National Petroleum Council (NPC) said a study by NPC in 2003 estimated that seven to nine new LNG import terminals are needed in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. He noted that the vast majority of global natural gas reserves are located outside of North America. Canadian and U.S. well productivity from transitional basins is declining. Natural gas usage is growing in all parts of the world. The NPC is a privately funded advisory committee established in 1946 whose function is solely to represent the views of the oil and natural gas industry in advising informing and making recommendations to the U.S. Secretary of Energy in respect to any matters relating to oil and natural gas. 

Save Passamaquoddy Bay WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS: We're now over the estimated number of required LNG terminals, as indicated in the National Petroleum Council's study, and according to an LNG industry news release, we're way over. The proposed local LNG projects are superfluous, and their tickets have been cancelled — except for the buses taking the developers home.

Calais' kiss of death

I was encouraged when I read that the Calais City Council had come out in support of the proposal by Fred Moore to build a liquefied natural gas facility within their city limits. The council's endorsement is a great step forward for the opponents of these ridiculous projects that developers are proposing for beautiful Passamaquoddy Bay. The powers that have guided the economic decisions for the city of Calais over the past few years have: 1) championed the construction of a Wal-Mart which, as predicted, has effectively sucked the life blood out of its downtown; 2) jumped on the sales pitch for the Downeast Heritage Museum which recently had to close its doors to avoid bankruptcy; 3) tore down half of its Main Street stores so you can watch the people who are not going to visit the museum; and 4) encouraged the construction of a third bridge and gave support to the east-west highway - both of which will help insure that tourists never go downtown and what few customers they have will find it easier than ever to get to Bangor to spend their money. For my part, I am pleased with their statement of support. It sounds like the kiss of death to me. Gary Guisinger, Perry [Bangor Daily News letter 031506]

Date: Wed, Apr 12 2006 4:31 pm From: "Editor" MP vows to keep tankers out of Canadian waters. Last updated Apr 12 2006 02:21 PM ADT. CBC News
The MP for New Brunswick Southwest says Canada is prepared to go to court to keep natural gas tankers out of Passamaquoddy Bay. Greg Thompson says the government will do everything in its power to defend Canadian water rights. Thompson says he met with Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Tuesday to discuss the Passamaquoddy Bay issue. He says Harper agrees that LNG tankers headed for Maine must be kept out of the waterway. "Our position remains the same. We will use all diplomatic and legal options to defend our position. And our position is no to the passage of LNG tankers through Head Harbour Passage." At issue is whether or not Canada can legally bar commercial ships from using a Canadian waterway to reach a U.S. port. Ships have the right to "innocent passage" through internal waterways, but Thompson says the hazard of a natural gas spill makes the tanker's passage far from innocent. "Head Harbour Passage is one of the most dangerous passages in Canada, certainly the most dangerous in Eastern Canada." Thompson hopes that argument will convince the owners of LNG terminals in Maine not to contest Canada's position. If they do, he says the issue will likely end up before an international tribunal.

Date: Wed, Apr 12 2006 4:37 pm. Mr. Joseph T. Kelliher, Chairman, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
888 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20426
Dear Mr. Kelliher,
I am writing to you regarding Canadian concerns about the proposals to construct Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) terminals on the Maine side of Passamaquoddy Bay, which are in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) pre-filing process. Given Canada's sovereignty over our waters, and due to the proximity of  the proposed projects to the province of New Brunswick, the local Canadian communities have expressed strong concerns to my government about the potential environmental, navigational and safety risks of the proposed projects. Canadian citizens have told my government that they do not want to see LNG tankers transiting the Head Harbour Passage. In the same spirit of friendship and openness that has characterized the recent efforts by Canada and British Columbia to incorporate Montanan and Alaskan views in the review processes of new mining projects, we hope that the FERC would offer the same level of inclusion and consideration to submissions from interested Canadians who wish to participate in your regulatory process, including the province of New Brunswick or the Canadian government. Given that the viability of these projects depends on the passage of LNG tankers through Canada's waters in the Bay of Fundy and Passamaquoddy Bay, including Head Harbour Passage, I wanted to inform you that the Government of Canada. is conducting its own study of the navigational safety, environmental and other impacts of these projects on Canada. This study will be completed during the summer of 2006 and will assist the Canadian Government in arriving at a position related to the proposed projects, including whether to enact any measures to avoid LNG tanker traffic in the Head Harbour Passage and, in any event, to minimize risks to Canada. Canada and the United States have a strong, extensive, highly integrated energy relationship and a history of strong cooperation on energy and other bilateral and trasboundary issues, I look forward to working with you on promoting and enhancing this growing relationship in a way that takes into account the needs and concerns of both of our countries. Sincerely, Michael Wilson, Ambassador CC: The Honorable Samuel W. Bodman, Secretary of Energy, Admiral Thomas Collins, Commandant, US Coast Guard