Downeast LNG's application to build an LNG terminal in the Bay of Fundy's Passamaquoddy Bay continues to encounter obstacles as National Marine Fisheries Service advises failure to provide information on threatened species. With whales once more abundant in Head Harbour Passage and adjacent areas, the information becomes more and more important.
In a letter dated June 25, 2009, N-MFS submitted comments on the DEIS pertaining to endangered and threatened species, including listed Atlantic salmon, shortnose sturgeon, and whale species. In these comments, my office notified FERC that additional detail on Downcast LNG's vessel strike avoidance plan, including areas and times where speed restrictions would be implemented and information on LNG carrier routes prior to the approach to Grand Manan Island, would be necessary in order to assess the potential for ship traffic associated with the Downeast LNG facility to adversely affect listed species.
Filer: NOAA NATIONAL MARINE FISHERIES SERVICE, NORTHWEST REGION Docket(s): CP07-52-000 CP07-53-000 CP07-53-001 Filing Type: Government Agency Submittal Description: US NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service submits response to FERC's letter dated 5/19/09 re the Downeast LNG Project under CP07-52 et al. To view the document for this Filing, click here http://elibrary.FERC.gov/idmws/file_list.asp?accession_num=20090909-0067