Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Maine's Governor Baldacii thinks FERC should Dictate Canadian Policy in the Bay of Fundy ... HELLO?

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It gets worse and worse. According to the Telegraph Journal today, John Baldacii seems to think we should all bow to American wishes and let the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (or worse, carpetbagger Dean Girdis from Downeast LNG) dictate access through Head Harbour Passage!

Baldaccii, Collins, Raye and other US politicians support their constituents, but it's not okay for Canadian politicians to do the same? Our eco-economy here in Quoddy is over a half billion dollars each year. Would you risk that for a maximum of 75 jobs, no revenues, huge expense,and unreasonable risk and disruption?

This is a unique and important place for whales, fish, birds, invertebrates and the thousands of humans that are supported by an "eco-economy" that brings in well over a half billion dollars each year based on these natural assets.

Apparently, unless it spews out smoke and pollution it's not a valid part of the economy. Well, our unique place is part of a vibrant economy based on this special ecosystem and turning Quoddy into an industrial port and production centre is just not a sensible option for most of us who have taken the time to learn about Quoddy. See for the real reason we are protecting this unique and special place from the uninformed. Currently Head Harbour Passage is plugged with whales, birds, fish and other marine life including endangered right whales. This is the foundation on which Quoddy has survived for 10,000 years!

We are still a sovereign country - aren't we?


Governor critical of hard line on LNG

Published Wednesday September 16th, 2009

SAINT JOHN - The governor of Maine says the Canadian government is unfairly taking a hard line on plans for liquefied natural gas terminals near the New Brunswick-Maine border.

In Saint John on Tuesday, John Baldacci said the government is flatly rejecting the controversial projects, without waiting for the federal regulator in the United States to weigh their merits.
Instead, Baldacci contends Ottawa is letting heated emotions and rural politics determine its position on the LNG issue.
Baldacci, in Saint John for two days of meetings between eastern Canadian premiers and New England governors, said both Canadian and American officials should respect the ultimate decision of the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).
"There's a process to follow," he told the Telegraph-Journal in an interview. "It just seems like this particular issue is transcending the process. It seems like Ottawa is sending signals that it is not going to adhere to the process through FERC.
"That to me is unacceptable."
Baldacci said the two countries must follow the rules set out for cross-border disputes - whether they involve LNG or lumber or potatoes.
"You can't pick and choose," he said. "It just seems like this is being done more on emotions and local politics."
The LNG debate mainly centres around a proposed terminal in Robbinston, Maine - directly across from St. Andrews on the Canadian side of the Passamaquoddy Bay.
That project, being developed by Downeast LNG, is now being considered by FERC. A second LNG project in the Calais area is also proposed, but has not yet been presented to FERC for consideration.
The Canadian government has already said it will forbid LNG tankers to enter the Bay.
The federal government considers the area internal waters, but it is also the only route available for tankers to access the proposed terminal sites in Maine.
On Tuesday, Baldacci was quick to dismiss Ottawa's argument.
"I don't think it's a legal position," he said. "The federal regulator is not going to make a decision that's bad for either side, because this is something we're both going to have to live with."
Baldacci said the province must file all of its complaints and concerns with FERC, and then let the regulator make the final decision.
"But once they've made their decision, that's it," he said.
Premier Shawn Graham appears to agree with Baldacci's take on the issue - let FERC figure it out.

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