Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Calais LNG Submission Insults Canadian and American Hearing Contributors Alike

I just received the "Calais LNG Project Company LLC Submits Supplemental Responses to Comments Filed During The Pre-filing Scoping Period under Docket No. PF08-24-000". In it they give their responses to all of us who submitted concerns to FERC during the "pre-filing Scoping Period". I, for one, am insulted.

Frankly, I am not sure what disturbs me more, their use of their own words and those of their paid consultants repeated over and over as proof of their position; a transparent ploy used effectively by charlatans to refute the legitimate and knowledgeable concerns and objections of dozens of opponents who have, quite frankly, more expertise and professional experience in the Quoddy Region then any of their so-called paid-for professionals.

Calais LNG's answers are, quite frankly. simplistic, often uninformed, and generally inadequate; showing a lack of understanding about the international Quoddy community, the ecosystem here and our centuries old "eco-economy". The continual quoting of a "scientific study" that purports to allay concerns about aesthetic impacts is totally unbelievable and insulting to those folks who truly understand the value of “beautiful Quoddy”. Since thousands spent real cash to come here and bask in this beauty, you can easily put a value to this beauty, but you cannot scientifically assess it, because science does not “sink” to such base levels.

If the amateurish and insulting Calais LNG proposal is accepted by FERC, then we are diminished as individuals, a society, and as citizens of our respective countries. But, make no mistake, like you, we Canadian have our limits and we will protect OUR culture and OUR homeland. We have had decades of air and water pollution issued from American soil that has, in the past, ruined our health, our river and our fisheries. We continually fight against inappropriate American developments that have threatened our existence and way of life for decade now and, today, we battle three LNG proposals and the selfish development of American-controlled Jamer Materials, a company that wishes to mine aggregate in this vital watershed that provides for all of us who live and work in the St. Andrews Peninsula.

Enough! It's time for this to all come to a halt. I pray that your new President has the vision to work with your friends and neighbours in a professional and co-operative manner and that conscience reasserts itself throughout America. If that happens you may live down the reputation that your heavy-handed approaches have created at home and around the world. I pray for you.

If you made a submission to FERC relative to the Calais LNG proposal you really owe it to yourself to see how they treated your concerns.

Go to: http://elibrary.ferc.gov/idmws/common/OpenNat.asp?fileID=11908873

That's my opinion tonight! What's yours?.

Art

2 comments:

  1. I think coastal and marine zoning would help prevent the coast from becomming a free for all for corporate investors who have no stake in the area, but only want to " harvest" it. LNG wants and industrial basepoint from which to operate, never mind what it does to us; the costs down the road are easy to ignore. The quarry wants basically the same thing, and so does the seaweed harvest corporation. We are harvesting, spoiling and mining our habitat and our future. We are really no different than the rainforest farmers who cut and burn an ancient forest for two years farm production. Once the forest is gone, with the plants and animals it supports, and it has been burned and farmed for a few years it is basically useless from then on. With it goes the local water table, the environment, the rain cycle and so on and then real poverty sets in.
    We need collectively to solve this "free for all" problem. or we will be eaten up by outside interests who see this area as an unregulated niche from which easy money can flow. With the now finite world and fast urban growth the pressure on us to be exploited in any way possible will only get worse, maybe much worse, over time.

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  2. I think people need to look at the big picture.The calais LNG project will benefit both sides of the border as many jobs may be held by people living in St Stephen as well as Calais.Most of the people that oppose the project are retired and don't need the jobs.They also should be looking out for our young people that have a family to raise and could use the jobs to stay in the area.The spin off jobs that the LNG would bring will provide employment for many years to come ,plus the tax will help the area also.Right now this is the only thing our area has going for it and I don't see anyone beating our door down with any other projects.

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