Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Baldacci takes issue to White House - LNG in Bay of Fundy's Passamaquoddy Bay

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Maine Politicians just keep ignoring the real issue. This is the place were we Canadians make our living. It is a unique ecosystem that supports over a half billion dollar sustainable economy each year. It just isn't a place for heavy industry.

Many of the statements that are uttered by those supporting the LNG developments are from individuals who stand to gain personally and they are not concerned about their Canadian neighbours or for that matter, the international Quoddy community. Unfortunately, the press continues to carry half truths and outright lies that are perpetuated by the developers and  that seem to be sucked up greedily by the politicians.

Take the 100 vessels that go to Eastport and Bayside ports for example. Most years it's less than 100 actually. These are small coastal freighters carrying rock, wood pulp and fish for God's sake; not highly dangerous LNG and armed high speed security vessels.  Take a look at the photograph I prepared to scale. The little freighter that you see in front of a real LNG tanker is one of the largest ever to enter the Bay according to the Bangor Daily News. And the bulk of the ships are much smaller than this - tiny compared to an LNG tanker. see www.bayoffundy.ca/LNG/slideshow to learn why Canadian's are upset by the lack of understanding from their neighbours.


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Maine, Canada at odds over LNG

Premier's position 'unequivocal' as Baldacci takes issue to White House
By Kevin Miller
BDN Staff

AUGUSTA, Maine - Leaders of Maine and New Brunswick remain deadlocked over the issue of liquefied natural gas tankers in Head Harbor Passage despite recent pledges to work together on energy issues.

During a meeting in New Brunswick last week, the New England governors and premiers of eastern Canadian provinces discussed ways to work more cooperatively to turn the region into an energy powerhouse.

That spirit of cooperation doesn't appear to have thawed the ice jam between Maine and New Brunswick over LNG, however.

On Monday, New Brunswick Premier Shawn Graham reiterated his government's firm opposition to allowing LNG tankers to pass through Head Harbor Passage en route to LNG terminals that have been proposed for the Calais area.

"The province's position remains unequivocal: We oppose the proposed locating of an LNG terminal in Passamaquoddy Bay because of its impacts on New Brunswick," Graham wrote in a commentary published in the Telegraph-Journal newspaper in Saint John, New Brunswick.

"Our environment would be negatively affected, the tourism and environment-based economy of the region would suffer, and the safety and security of the region could be compromised."

A spokesman for Maine Gov. John Baldacci said the governor has seen the op-ed piece and disagrees with some of claims made by his counterpart north of the border. For instance, more than 100 large cargo ships transit the passage safely every year, spokesman David Farmer said.

The two men discussed the issue briefly during last week's summit but spent most of the time talking with the other leaders about areas of cooperation, such as helping bring more green and renewable energy to U.S. markets.

"We believe Maine has an international right to passage along these waters, and that's an area where we are in deep disagreement with the government in New Brunswick," Farmer said.

Baldacci has raised his concerns with representatives of the U.S. State Department, the Canadian government and with senior members of President Barack Obama's staff during a recent meeting at the White House.

There are several proposals for LNG facilities on the Maine side of Passamaquoddy Bay, none of which have received regulatory approval.

Canadian officials have threatened to block any LNG tankers from using Head Harbor Passage en route to the proposed facilities on safety and environmental grounds. The projects are strongly opposed by some residents on both sides of the border who contend that Passamaquoddy Bay with its powerful tides, inclement weather and fragile ecosystem is an inappropriate location for such large facilities.

Maine and U.S. officials contend Canada has no right to interfere with ships in the waterway. Some supporters of the Maine projects have accused Canadian officials of trying to block LNG in Maine in order to protect the financial interests of a new LNG terminal in Saint John built largely to sell gas to U.S. markets. The Canaport terminal is a partnership of New Brunswick-based Irving Oil and the energy company Repsol.

The provincial government is participating as an intervenor in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's review of Downeast LNG's application for an import facility in Robbinston. But Graham made clear in his op-ed piece that FERC has no authority over ship traffic through what he considers Canadian waters.

"Decisions on where ships are allowed to transit fall within the jurisdiction of the government of Canada alone," he wrote.

Farmer said the governor is encouraged that New Brunswick is participating in the FERC review and hopes that the province will change its stance. But Maine's position is firm on the issue, Farmer added.

"We can't allow another country to determine what commerce we engage in," Farmer said. "It's LNG now, but it might be another commodity down the line."

Rob Wyatt of Downeast LNG said he is optimistic that Maine and New Brunswick will continue to work cooperatively on all energy matters, including LNG. The company hopes to have a final environmental impact statement from FERC by year's end.

"We are moving the process forward and working with everybody we can," Wyatt said.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

No Room at the Inn - Ignoring Bay of Fundy Essential Elements

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While we push forward with tons of funding for bailouts, huge nuclear developments,  massive tidal projects, oil, LNG, and new heavy industry in the Fundy Region, our governments have begun the process of destroying well-established and essential elements that help in the management and protection of an environment that is the very foundation of our eco-economy here and, ultimately, our existence on this planet.

After 16 years of exemplary contribution to their communities, funding for 16 community ACAP organizations (Atlantic Coastal Action Program) from New Brunswick to Labrador will no longer be supported by Department of Environment funding in spite of a return of $12 for each dollar spent by the government. And other essential NGOs are similarly affected.

The lack of funding for the Atlantic Wildlife Institute is the most ridiculous yet. The following was posted on NatureNB:

Date:    Fri, 25 Sep 2009 14:17:20 -0300
From:    CC NatureNB
Subject: Concern for the Atlantic Wildlife Institute


As reported on CBC radio in Moncton this morning, the Atlantic Wildlife Institute (http://www.atlanticwildlife.ca/) is in a financial crunch.

The institute, located near Sackville, is well known for its care ofinjured or orphaned wild animals, but can no longer accept new animals because its funding has dried up.

According to the report, several government agencies routinely refer people to the AWI to care for and rehabilitate animals, but no government money is being directed to the institute.

If you think there's something wrong with this picture, you might want to contact your elected representatives and let them know your concerns.


Beware the Call of Bay of Fundy's Sirens

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 Oil, coastal quarries, nuclear power, LNG, tidal power ... the call of Bay of Fundy Sirens has become louder and more persistent with each passing year. Even the proven natural wealth of this place and those special niches like the Quoddy Region fall under the spell of this insistent chorus that promises jobs and wealth.

Indeed, we seem unable to learn from our neighbours and friends. Read this familiar sad story from Alaska:

In the early 1970s, Big Oil wooed Alaskans with a seductive chorus promising jobs, riches, and risk-free oil development, pipeline transfer, and tanker transport. Alaska politicians fell under its spell.

Today Big Oil generates more than 85 percent of Alaska's operating revenues - and the song has changed. The tune is now militant and strident, as the industry demands ever more opportunity to drill and ever less regulation. This "opportunity" comes at the expense of deeply rooted indigenous cultures, family lifestyles, and businesses like commercial fishing and tourism that rely on Alaska's abundant natural resources.

But the same enchanting Siren music once tailored to Alaskans is currently playing for Floridians, Californians, and others who live on our seacoasts. From my perspective as a survivor of North America's largest oil spill--the 1989 Exxon Valdez--it seems too many politicians are falling under its spell. My advice to coastal residents in the Lower 48: Take heed.

We learned the hard way that Big Oil's promises were good only until authorizing laws were passed and permits approved. The industry promised, for instance, in the early 1970s to double hull its tankers to minimize the risk of spills. But it will take until 2015 - more than 40 years - for it to make good on this promise. That's too late for those of us in Prince William Sound. Ironically, too, 2015 will arrive long before the last of the toxic oil that spilled from the single-hulled Exxon Valdez is gone from our beaches--and long before our herring even begin to recover.

The once thriving multi-million dollar herring fisheries are nonexistent and the wildlife that feed on herring--well, it will recover whenever the herring recover. Maybe. Scientists make no promises.

It's worth reading the entire article here: Huffington Post, Posted: September 25, 2009 10:43 AM, Beware the Sirens of Big Oil http://www.huffingtonpost.com/riki-ott/beware-the-sirens-of-big_b_299809.html

Photo Credit Odysseus and the Sirens: wikipedia.com
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Friday, September 25, 2009

Bay of Fundy LNG Developers Downeast LNG and Calais LNG "Spin the Good Spin"

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 In a recent MPBN video (see link at fundytides.blogspot.com), Downeast's Rob Wyatt asserted that LNG tankers are accident free. While there are plenty of rumours about accidents, it is true that there are no available reports of major LNG tanker fires. However, they are not "accident free" as Wyatt stated. In fact, the page below from www.ferc.gov shows that there have been numerous ship spills and there are also well-know reports of near disasters from small fires and drifting vessels.

But, we should all be aware that once LNG is revaporized it becomes gas and like "natural gas" and "propane" it is highly combustible. There are literally hundreds of cases of devastating plant fires, pipeline fires, train, and tanker vehicle fires. Gas is NOT a benign commodity. Hundreds of people have been injured or lost their lives in explosions throughout the world some right here in Charlotte and Washington counties.

In its support letter to David Cole, Maine Department of Transportation, Calais LNG clearly indicates, in their stated support for Eastport quest for a rail line, that they intend to ship from their Red Beach location via truck, train, and pipeline. Having finally stated this, CLNG has added a whole new dimension to the risk from any LNG terminal in Passamaquoddy Bay; a risk that was outline to the public two years ago, but may have since become lost in the spin that is currently being dispensed by the LNG promoters.

Once LNG is revaporized it is just another flammable gas and transportation as suggested by Calais LNG does represent a serious risk to the residents of the Quoddy Region, in addition to the risks and disruptions caused by LNG tanker passage and terminal activities. As a result, in the belief that Quoddy citizens need to be informed once again, we will be publishing more reports on gas related fires.

As a starter, please watch this video:



From Ferc Website

 Liquefied Natural Gas Safety

LNG is natural gas that has been refrigerated into a cryogenic liquid so that it can be shipped long distances in carriers. Once an LNG carrier reaches a receiving terminal, the LNG is unloaded and stored in large tanks until it is revaporized and piped into the natural gas distribution network. LNG is a hazardous liquid, because it is cryogenic and, as natural gas, it is combustible.

LNG hazards result from three of its properties: cryogenic temperatures, dispersion characteristics, and flammability characteristics. The extremely cold LNG can directly cause injury or damage. A vapor cloud, formed by an LNG spill, could drift downwind into populated areas. It can ignite if the concentration of natural gas is between five and 15 percent in air and it encounters an ignition source. An LNG fire gives off a tremendous amount of heat.

A large array of laws, regulations, standards, and guidelines are currently in place to prevent and lessen the consequences of LNG releases. These requirements affect LNG facilities' design, construction, operation, and maintenance.

To address terrorist risk, the Ship and Port Facility Security Code was adopted in 2003 by the member countries of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), an agency of the United Nations responsible for maritime matters concerning ship safety. This code requires both ships and ports to conduct vulnerability assessments and to develop security plans. To heighten security of LNG facilities at American seaports, Congress passed the U.S. Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002, which requires all ports to have federally-approved security plans. Detailed security assessments of LNG facilities and vessels are also required.
The Department of Transportation (DOT), Research and Special Programs Administration, issues and enforces federal safety standards for land-based LNG facilities, although the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) can impose more stringent safety requirements than DOT's when warranted. The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) issues and enforces regulations for waterfront facilities handling LNG.

All of these federal agencies oversee all land and sea-based LNG operations, with some overlapping authorities and some new responsibilities. The recent reactivation of LNG facilities on the East Coast and in the Gulf Coast and permitting of new facilities, have resulted in new methodologies (risk-based decision making) and processes (security workshops, scoping meetings) to assess and communicate safety risk to the public.


Explosions and Fires

  • October 1944, Cleveland, Ohio - At the Cleveland peak-shaving plant a tank failed and spilled its contents into the street and storm sewer system. The resulting explosion and fire killed 128 people. The tank was built with a steel alloy that had low-nickel content, which made the alloy brittle when exposed to the extreme cold of LNG.
  • 1964 and 1965 Methane Progress.- While loading LNG in Arzew, Algeria, lightning struck the forward vent riser of the Methane Progress and ignited vapor which was being routinely vented through the ship venting system. A similar event happened early in 1965 while the vessel was at sea shortly after leaving Arzew. In both cases, the flame was quickly extinguished by purging with nitrogen through a connection to the riser.
  • 1969, Portland, Oregon - An explosion occurred in an LNG tank under construction. No LNG had ever been introduced into the tank. The cause of the accident was attributed to the accidental removal of blinds from natural gas pipelines which were connected to the tank. This led to the flow of natural gas into the tank while it was being constructed.
  • January 1972, Montreal East, Quebec, Canada - A back flow of natural gas from the compressor to the nitrogen line occurred during defrosting operations at an LNG liquefaction and peak shaving plant. The valves on the nitrogen were not closed after completing the operation. This caused over-pressurization of the compressor and the natural gas entered the control room (where operators were allowed to smoke) through the nitrogen header. An explosion occurred when an operator tried to light a cigarette.
  • February 1973, Staten Island, New York- While repairing the interior of an empty storage tank, a fire started. The resulting increase in pressure inside the tank was so fast that the concrete dome on the tank lifted and then collapsed down inside the tank killing the 37 construction workers inside.
  • October 1979, Cove Point, Maryland - A natural gas leak caused an explosion killing one plant employee and seriously injuring another and causing about $3 million in damages.
  • April 1983, Bontang, Indonesia - A rupture in an LNG plant occurred as a result of overpressurization of the heat exchanger caused by a closed valve on a blowdown line. The exchanger was designed to operate at 25.5 psig. When the gas pressure reached 500 psig, the exchanger failed and the explosion occurred.
  • August 1987, Nevada Test Site, Mercury, Nevada - An accidental ignition of an LNG vapor cloud occurred at the U.S. Department of Energy Test Site during large-scale tests involving spills of LNG. The cloud was accidentally ignited and damaged and propelled polyurethane pipe insulation outside the fence.
  • June 2004, Trinidad, Tobago - Workers were evacuated after a gas turbine at Atlantic LNG's Train 3 facility exploded.
  • July 2004, Ghislenghien, Belgium - A pipeline carrying natural gas from the Belgian port of Zeebrugge to northern France exploded, resulting in 23 known fatalities. The cause of the incident is still under investigation but it appears that a contractor accidentally damaged the pipe.
  • March 2005, District Heights, Maryland - A Washington Gas company-sponsored study released in July 2005 pointed to subtle molecular differences in the imported liquefied natural gas the utility began using in August 2003 as the cause of a house explosion.

Spills and Leaks

  • Early 1965, Methane Princess Spill - LNG discharging arms were disconnected prematurely before the lines had been completely drained, causing LNG liquid to pass through a partially opened valve and onto a stainless steel drip pan placed underneath the arms. This caused a star-shaped fracture to appear in the deck plating in spite of the application of seawater.
  • May 1965, Jules Verne Spill - LNG liquid spill at Arzew, Algeria, caused by overflowing of a cargo tank that resulted in the fracture of the cover plating of the tank and adjacent deck plating.
  • 1971, La Spezia, Italy - This accident was caused by "rollover" where two layers of LNG with different densities and heat content form. The sudden mixing of these two layers results in the release of large volumes of vapor. In this case, about 2,000 tons of LNG vapor discharged from the tank safety vales and vents over a period of a few hours, damaging the roof of the tank.
  • July 1974, Massachusetts Barge Spill - After a power failure and the automatic closure of the main liquid line valves, 40 gallons of LNG leaked as it was being loaded on a barge. The LNG leaked from a one-inch nitrogen-purge globe valve on the vessel's liquid header. This leak caused several fractures to the deck plates.
  • September 1977, Aquarius Spill - During the filling of a cargo tank at Bontang, LNG overflowed through the vent mast serving that tank. The incident may have been caused by difficulties in the liquid level gauge system. The high-level alarm had been placed in the override mode to eliminate nuisance alarms.
  • March 1978, Das Island, United Arab Emirates - An accident occurred due to the failure of a bottom pipe connection of an LNG tank. The tank had a double wall (a nine-percent nickel steel inner wall and a carbon steel outer wall). Vapor from the outer shell of the tank formed a large heavier-than-air cloud which did not ignite.
  • April 1979, Mostafa Ben Bouliad Spill - While discharging cargo at Cove Point, Maryland, a check valve in the piping system of the vessel failed releasing a small quantity of LNG. This resulted in minor fractures of the deck plating.
  • April 1979, Pollenger Spill - While the vessel was discharging LNG at a terminal in Everett, Massachusetts, LNG leaking from a valve gland apparently fractured one of the tank's cover plating.

Safety Studies

Offshore Wind Development - Concerns for Gulf of Maine and Bay of Fundy

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Demonstrations for wind power draw questions
By Sharon Kiley Mack
BDN Staff

MACHIAS, Maine - About 35 people, including fishermen, biologists, conservationists and others, on Wednesday night attended the third in a series of meetings being held along Maine's coast to gather information about proposed offshore wind power development.

Following a legislative mandate, the state has identified seven areas that are possible demonstration sites for testing wind power equipment. All are within Maine's 3-mile offshore limit and include possible locations off Great Wass Island and Cutler.

Concerns expressed included: interference with fishing, including lobstering and scalloping; the effect on seabirds, migrating bats and sea mammals; and what effect Maine's harsh weather would have on the wind equipment.

A panel of experts listened to concerns and provided the answers they could. Representatives were from the state Environmental Protection, Marine Resources and Conservation departments as well as the University of Maine and the state geologist.

They explained that each site would contain no more than two demonstration turbines, which would be financed, maintained and eventually removed by private, commercial companies.

They also explained that earlier meetings had been held with fishermen across the state, including one on Aug. 11 in Machias.

"The fishermen were pleased that we came to them first," State Geologist Robert G. Marvinney said. He said the fishermen decided who should attend the scoping sessions, and all of the information provided about traditional fishing areas and possible areas of obstruction will be used to determine the final sites.

Dwight Whitney of Jonesboro asked for assurance that the equipment used for the test projects would endure off Maine's coast.

"You put those windmills out in the water, with the power of the water, you're going to be picking those things off the bottom," he said.

Jake Ward of University of Maine explained that wind turbines are in use and being studied off the coast of Norway, which has winter weather similar to Maine's.

Since a number of the turbine platforms will be floating and suspended with the use of cables, some questioned what effect the vibration through the cables caused by the turbine would have on marine life.

Ward said the impact is unclear and that is one of the many things UM will be studying on its research turbine. He said UM also is reviewing many studies European windmill operators have conducted regarding vibration effects.

Ward noted that the economic opportunity for Maine is about $1 billion a year for the next 20 years and includes thousands of jobs, both offshore and onshore.

As the forum ended, state Sen. Kevin Raye, R-Eastport, a member of the Legislature's Ocean Energy Task Force, said Maine needs to move forward with the project.

"The U.S. is not the world leaders in this," he said. "We're playing catch-up, and within the U.S., we're in a race. We are not the only state working on developing this technology. So are New Jersey, Rhode Island, Massachusetts. This is a competition."

Raye said the Legislature's unanimous support of the demonstration project is a clear indication of the enormous potential for Maine.

"We are trying to make sure this is done thoughtfully," Raye said.

Seven sites along Maine's coast have been proposed as possible test locations for offshore wind farms. They include areas off Cutler and Jonesport in Washington County, south of Isle au Haut, and near Matinicus, Monhegan, Damariscove and Boon islands, according to a map released recently by the Maine Department of Con-servation. Damariscove is off Boothbay Harbor and Boon Island is off Cape Neddick in York County.

The Maine DOC and the State Planning Office are working together to identify as many as five possible demonstration sites in the Gulf of Maine. One site would be chosen as a wind energy research center operated by the University of Maine. State officials are required to identify a final list of sites by Dec. 15.

For information on the demonstration projects, visit www.maine.gov/doc/initiatives/oceanenergy/oceanenergy.shtml.

For those unable to attend a hearing in their area, comments may be sent by mid-November to the Maine Geological Survey, 22 State House Station, Augusta 04333-0022.


Photo Credit: State of Maine

Increase border security with Passenger Name Record data

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Oversupply - New LNG Facilities Not Needed in Bay of Fundy's Passamaquoddy Bay

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US, Canada can't find common ground on LNG transport  
By Mark Davidson on September 24, 2009 5:50 PM

By most accounts, diplomatic relations between the US and Canada have warmed since Barack Obama was elected president. But in one specific area that could have a profound impact on US energy supply, the two countries are further apart than ever.

This week, on a visit to Washington, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper reiterated Canada's position that it will not allow liquefied natural gas tankers to pass through Head Harbour Passage on their way to proposed LNG import terminals in Maine. That proclamation came just two days after Maine Governor John Baldacci, during a visit to New Brunswick, said the Canadian government was taking too hard a hard line with respect to Head Harbour. "It just seems like this is being done more on emotions and local politics," he told a local newspaper.

Despite behind-the-scenes negotiations between the US State Department and the Canadian government, progress seems elusive on this issue, which is drawing more political players into the fray.

Maine Senator Susan Collins this week urged David Jacobson, Obama's nominee as ambassador to Canada, to press the issue with the Canadians. She also wrote a newspaper column asserting that Canada has no right to stop commercial traffic through Head Harbour Passage -- a stance with which the Canadian government firmly disagrees, citing safety and security concerns.

Resolution is considered important not just to Maine but to the entire Northeast US, which would benefit from the additional gas supplies delivered to a pair of proposed terminals FERC is considering. 

But even as the divide between the two countries remains wide and the rhetoric heats up over the Head Harbour issue, one key development may be lost in the debate: the US is so oversupplied with natural gas that the urgency of bringing new LNG to US shores has all but disappeared. Whether those fundamental energy supply dynamics color this politically charged border dispute going forward will be interesting to watch. 

From: http://www.platts.com/weblog/powerlines/2009/09/24/by_most_account.html

Canadian Beaver Stalls LNG Tanker in Head Harbour Passage

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Great cartoon from the Telegraph Journal: http://telegraphjournal.canadaeast.com/opinion/article/801594

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Canada can veto tanker traffic in Bay of Fundy's Head Harbour Passage - Opinion

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This opinion piece from the TJ says it all in very few words. AMEN!!



Published Thursday September 24th, 2009
Telegraph Journal: http://telegraphjournal.canadaeast.com/opinion/article/801596
On a recent diplomatic visit to the United States, Prime Minister Stephen Harper affirmed Canada's position on two contentious LNG terminal proposals in Maine. The U.S. federal approval process has no bearing on Canada, and LNG tankers will not be allowed to use Canadian waters in Head Harbour Passage.

This is welcome news to New Brunswick residents, who believe the terminals would imperil the environment and economy of an important tourism destination.

Canadians respect the authority of the American government to regulate development within U.S. borders. New Brunswickers are happy to participate in energy projects that serve the interests of both nations. Unfortunately, the proposed LNG terminals are poorly sited. To access these gas plants, tankers would need to traverse a treacherous passage, exposing Canadians to the risk of accident and environmental degradation. It is not a risk Ottawa is prepared to bear.
U.S. officials have urged Canada to participate in their site approval process and respect the final outcome. Federal politicians in this country have made no such commitment. They know they have a duty to protect Canadian citizens. That duty cannot be upheld by surrendering sovereign political authority to the bureaucrats of another nation.

If the situation were reversed, we have little doubt that representatives in Maine would stand fast for the interests of their constituents; indeed, that is what they have been doing, by championing the LNG proposals so vigourously. We respect their tenacity, and hope they will respect the steadfastness of Prime Minister Harper and New Brunswick MP Greg Thompson. This is not an issue on which Canadians are prepared to bend.

There are opportunities for communities in Maine and New Brunswick to profit from new energy development. Let's focus on projects that generate employment and revenues on both sides of the border, without either nation subjecting the other to undue risk.

US Chamber of Commerce Challenged about Stand on LNG in Bay of Fundy's Passamaquoddy Bay

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Veracity vs. the US Chamber of Commerce

The US Chamber of Commerce's "Project/No Project" website <http://www.pnp.uschamber.com> complains that NIMBYism ("Not In My Back Yard") is hindering all new energy projects. That is inaccurate, according to an international organization battling inappropriate liquefied natural gas (LNG) development in Passamaquoddy Bay, a bay partially in the State of Maine, but mostly in the Province of New Brunswick, Canada.

According to Save Passamaquoddy Bay 3-nation alliance researcher and webmaster Robert Godfrey, "The US Chamber paints all energy projects with the same glorifying brush, ignoring industry best practices when those best practices indicate against the projects. That's the case with the three LNG projects proposed for Passamaquoddy Bay."

"The US Chamber's posturing on energy and its consequences is so extreme that large US corporations are deserting the organization. Pacific Gas & Electric and Nike have recently left the Chamber's membership due to its extreme, wrong-headed views," Godfrey stated. (See the Reuters story, "PG&E Rejects U.S.Chamber of Commerce Position on Climate Change,<http://www.reuters.com/article/mnCarbonEmissions/idUS155108657720090923>.)

Godfrey recounts his experiences with Project/No Project personnel regarding status of the three LNG projects. "Initially, the US Chamber was willingly communicating regarding the now-defunct Quoddy Bay LNG project that was tossed out by FERC (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission). They initially insisted the project was still proceeding," he said. "But, after considerable effort, and by providing irrefutable evidence from the US Government, the US Chamber eventually listed the project as being dead. And, they honestly seemed appreciative of having the correct information."

That all changed when Godfrey supplied information regarding the Downeast LNG project. "When I submitted information showing that Downeast LNG violates LNG industry best practices, that Canada prohibits LNG transits into the bay, that the US Coast Guard requires Downeast LNG to obtain Government of Canada's cooperation on a project that endangers the safety and economy of thousands of people on the bay, the US Chamber quit all communications. Their final email insisted that information provided by the developer is the whole truth and that I should post further comments using the Project/No Project online forms. However, there is no comment form for the Downeast LNG project. When I emailed the US Chamber about the missing form, my message was ignored; there still is no comment forms for this project. The US Chamber is apparently not genuinely interested in listing accurate information or in receiving public comment," he stated.

"If the US Chamber were providing accuracy," Godfrey continued, "they would indicate all three LNG proposals in Passamaquoddy Bay violate industry best practices. That is far from NIMBYism, which is the merely the easiest term for the US Chamber to use. If providing accuracy, they would also indicate those same irresponsibly-sited LNG project are opposed by the Government of Canada and the Province of New Brunswick, due to safety concerns similar to those of the world LNG industry as published by the industry's representative, the Society of International Gas Tanker and Terminal Operators (SIGTTO). 

"The US Chamber of Commerce and its Project/No Project website appear to be catering to irresponsible energy developers at the expense of the public, the LNG industry, international relations with Canada and New Brunswick, and at the expense of US energy security. How can that possibly be good for business and the United States?" Godfrey concluded.

For more information about LNG in Passamaquoddy Bay, see the Save Passamaquoddy Bay 3-Nation Alliance website: <http://www.SavePassamaquoddyBay.org>. For an abbreviated list of LNG industry terminal siting best practices, see the LNG Terminal Siting Standards website: <http://www.LNGTSS.org>.

Save Passamaquoddy Bay (SPB) is an alliance of citizens from the U.S., the Passamaquoddy Tribe, and Canada, who oppose siting LNG industrial facilities in Passamaquoddy Bay, and who advocate adherence to world-recognized LNG terminal siting standards as published by the Society of International Gas Tanker and Terminal Operators (SIGTTO). SPB advocates creative-economy, tradition-based, and tourism-based economic development for the international Passamaquoddy Bay area.

Robert Godfrey
Save Passamaquoddy Bay 3-nation alliance
(US, Passamaquoddy, and Canada)
PO Box 43
Eastport, ME 04631
(207)853-2922 (Old Sow Publishing)

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The 1st LNG Facility in 30 years in the Bay of Fundy's Passamaquoddy Bay?

This presentation is well worth watching, but, clearly this feature by MPBN's Main Watch has a bias towards the development of the two LNG terminals at Robbinston and Calais and, frankly, makes the opponents seem like a bunch of huggies.

But ... flash.... there is good news!! Rob Wyatt of Downeast LNG finally got it!!! We Canadians oppose these two proposals because of, as he stated, our "self interest economics". Wow, he is right, we are protecting an eco-economy that brings in a half billion to a billion dollars each year and employs thousands of individuals over here on the Canadian side through tourism, fisheries, aquaculture, research, education, and other sustainable industries that thrive on the economic backdrop of this very, very special ecosystem. You're right Rob .... it IS about the money. Ahhh ... isn't that why you are in the business? Or are you and Dean into altruistic endeavo(u)rs now. Yes, of course you are!!!

That's my opinion tonight. Watch the video at MPBN and then send your comments right here.

PS. As the US Coast Guard has already corrected Downeast LNG in their FERC submissions ... no tankers go to the Bayside port, only modest coastal freighters carrying aggregate, fish, and other none inflammable products. Just for fun, I did a mockup to scale showing the "largest" ship to enter Passamaquoddy Bay (I think that's what the Bangor Daily News called it) and an honest to goodness LNG tanker for comparison. Sorry folks, there is little comparison in length or height! LNG tankers are huge and would just about fit across Head Harbour Passage at Green Island Shoals ... make a great bridge for the folks from Campobello!!

The 1st LNG Facility in 30 years - Video at MPBN

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Harper and Thompson standing firm on Passage of LNG Tankers through Bay of Fundy's Head Harbour Passage

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 Congratulations to PM Harper and MP Thompson... We all needed this reiteration of their stand to counter the aggressive pronouncements by American politicians.

Good timing guys!!!



Published Tuesday September 22nd, 2009 

Energy PM told U.S. officials tankers won't be allowed to get to Maine facility, MP says

ST. STEPHEN - Canada will not allow liquefied natural gas tankers through Head Harbour Passage, Veterans Affairs Minister Greg Thompson said Monday.
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A freighter leaves Head Harbour Passage for the open Bay of Fundy in this file photo. New Brunswick Southwest MP Greg Thompson says Prime Minister Stephen Harper repeated to U.S. officials on a recent visit to Washington that Canada remains opposed to tankers carry liquefied natural gas using the passage to reach a proposed LNG plant in Maine. 
Prime Minister Stephen Harper restated this position to American leaders, including Maine Republican Senator Susan Collins, during a recent visit to Washington, the New Brunswick Southwest MP said in an interview.

The United States Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has applications before it from two companies to build LNG terminals on the American side of the Bay, at Robbinston and Calais.
The proponents claim the right of innocent passage to get LNG tankers to those sites through Head Harbour Passage, which is Canadian water between Campobello and Deer islands. Canada claims the right to prevent the vessels from using the passage.

The proponents, and many Maine community leaders, say the projects will provide much needed work in Washington County, Maine. The Canadian government and most leaders on the Canadian side of the bay say the threat to fisheries, aquaculture and tourism outweigh the potential benefits.

American leaders, including Maine Governor John Baldacci and Collins, argue that Canadian governments should place their concerns with the FERC and abide by the outcome.
Canadian leaders, Thompson prominent among them, say that taking part in an American regulatory process would compromise Canadian sovereignty.

"Nothing has changed in the position that we've taken in the past," Thompson said, although he detects a shift in American thinking on the LNG issue.

"I think it's changed in the story line that some of the senators are using," he said. "When they were taking a serious look at some of the sites along the eastern coast of the Unites States of America, none of them stood up and supported the idea of putting them into places  along the Maine coast."

American authorities rejected LNG terminals on the Maine coast until they reached Passamaquoddy Bay, washing the shores of Washington and Charlotte counties.

"I didn't hear a peep out of the congressional delegation then," Thompson said.
"We're taking the same position that they have in locations that they consider not safe, or ones that the American people have determined not safe, and where the public doesn't support construction of a terminal," he said.

Canada would not allow an LNG terminal on Deer Island or Campobello Island, on the Canadian side of Passamaquoddy Bay, he said. Canada has no right to stop commercial traffic through Head Harbour Passage, Collins wrote in a recent newspaper column. Collins urged David Jacobson, president Barack Obama's nominee as ambassador to Canada, to press the issue.
At the 50th annual Canada-U.S. Interparliamentary Group legislators' conference in Charlevoix, Que., the delegates supported her resolution urging each country to participate in good faith in each other's regulatory reviews of seaport facilities.

"The State of Maine should be able to count on Canada's good faith participation in the assessment of any port development proposals that could help meet New England's energy needs and create jobs in Washington County," she wrote.

"In turn, our Canadian neighbors should be able to count on America's good faith participation regarding Canadian projects."

Thompson and Harper, do not agree.
"We believe that it's not a safe location for an LNG terminal, whether it be on the Canadian side or the American side," Thompson said. "We consider Passamaquoddy/Head Harbour Passage internal Canadian waters, and we've taken the position that we've taken for the last number of years. So that has not changed."

See the original article and comments at: http://telegraphjournal.canadaeast.com/front/article/799102

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Baldacci Critical of Canadian Federal Position on LNG Vessel Traffic Thru Bay of Fundy's Head Harbour Passage

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Posted: September 18, 2009

Speaking to the media during the annual conference of New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers, Gov. John Baldacci (D-Maine) criticized the decision by the Canadian federal government to prohibit LNG vessels from transiting Canada's internal waters in the Head Harbour Passage. According to the Telegraph-Journal, Governor Baldacci encouraged the federal Canadian government to allow the FERC regulatory process to move forward before making a final determination on vessel traffic. Premier Shawn Graham of New Brunswick noted that his government is not against the construction of properly sited LNG facilities, but emphasized that the Downeast LNG project "could have a negative impact on [the New Brunswick] economy and on security issues on this side of the border."

From: http://www.lnglawblog.com/BlogEntry.aspx?_entry=c2db4aaf-9a24-44d3-815d-6fadc82d9c10

Photo Credit: http://www.maine.gov/governor/

Bay of Fundy right whale numbers rebound

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Record number of calves born this year  
Friday, September 18, 2009 | 7:06 PM AT Comments30 CBC News
Conservation efforts in the Bay of Fundy appear to be paying off for the endangered North Atlantic right whale, with a record 39 calves being born this year.Conservation efforts in the Bay of Fundy appear to be paying off for the endangered North Atlantic right whale, with a record 39 calves being born this year. (CBC)

Thirty years of conservation efforts in the Bay of Fundy appear to be paying off for the North Atlantic right whale, one of the rarest large mammals on earth, scientists say.

The species, once headed for extinction, is experiencing a baby boom, with 39 calves born this year, and 37 of them surviving.

That's the largest number documented since researchers from Boston's New England Aquarium started monitoring the whales in the Bay, off the basin of Grand Manan, N.B. The previous record was 31, set in 2001.

"I'd like to think we're moving towards a success story, of right whales being a success story in conservation," said Dr. Moira Brown, a Canadian biologist, who is leading the research team.
The goal is to help keep the right whales safe by documenting how many there are using photographs and an online database, tracking their habits and movements.

Read entire article here: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/new-brunswick/story/2009/09/18/nb-right-whales.html

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Downeast LNG continues to experience difficulties with LNG Application in Bay of Fundy

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Map Credit: Gulf of Maine Times

In spite of the criticisms from Governor Baldacii,Senator Collins and other Maine politicians, Downeast LNG continues to encounter problems in their FERC application to the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Missing information must be supplied within 20 days.Canadian participation remains elusive.



FERC Requests Additional Environmental Information from Downeast LNG; Delays FEIS
Posted: September 15, 2009

Yesterday FERC issued a request for additional environmental data to Downeast LNG on several issues ranging from whale strike avoidance plans to air emissions modeling. FERC also addressed vapor dispersion distances, noting that Downeast's current analysis is "not sufficient" to demonstrate that vapor could not disperse beyond areas under Downeast LNG's legal control. FERC requests that Downeast LNG file its responses within 20 days and notes that following Downeast LNG's submission of the required information, "[FERC] will determine the schedule for completion of the final [Environmental Impact Statement]." This appears to delay the issuance of the final EIS beyond the previously set date of September 18, 2009. Find FERC's request in the eLibrary under Docket No. CP07-52.

From: http://www.lnglawblog.com/BlogEntry.aspx?_entry=3cedf366-c30d-411b-8cfc-0e2059ef606c

Bay of Fundy - Environment Remains on Citizens Minds in Spite of Economic Troubles

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While the government is axing support for proven, long-term NGOs like the 16 Atlantic Coastal Action Programs (ACAP) that serves communities from the Maine-NB border to Labrador, the public,apparently,realizes how important these groups are to the future of our communities and the "eco-economy" that supports many towns and villages. Bright?



Green spending trumps economy, poll finds

Don't let recession become an excuse for easing up on environmental efforts, majority says

Julian Beltrame

Ottawa — The Canadian Press Sunday, Aug. 23, 2009 08:47PM EDT

Canadians are telling governments not to let the recession become an excuse for easing up on efforts to protect the environment, a new opinion poll suggests.

The finding in The Canadian Press Harris-Decima survey suggests that while voters are worried about the economy, they do not want governments to ease off on measures to protect the environment.

On the key question, 67 per cent said the environment should be just as much as priority for governments as tackling economic problems, with only 26 per cent saying it was a secondary concern.

The result was generally shared among Canadians, regardless of gender, annual salary, political affiliation or where they live. However, men, Conservative supporters and those in the West were most likely to say the economy is the top priority. Even among Tory supporters, 53 per cent felt the environment should not take a back seat to the economy.

Most respondents also felt governments are not doing enough on the environment, with 74 per cent saying governmental focus is not going far enough.

Harris-Decima vice president Jeff Walker said the results are somewhat surprising, since it is generally the case that other issues often go on the back burner in tough economic times. That doesn't appear to be the mood of Canadians now, even though more than 400,000 jobs have vanished since October and economists and politicians warn unemployment will likely increase in the next few months.

“In contrast to prevailing views that environmental efforts recede in a recession, Canadians ... overwhelmingly believe much more can and should be done,” he said.

The survey of 1,000 people, conducted in the last week of July, is considered to be accurate to within 3.1 percentage points, 19 times in 20.

Monster turbines gear up to harness Fundy tidal power

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 Fishermen wary as three firms get government nod for pilot projects
HALIFAX From Wednesday's Globe and Mail
The first of three turbines is expected to go into the Bay of Fundy next month in spite of concerns raised by some local fishermen after the government approved the initial phase of a tidal energy project.

Nova Scotia's Minister of the Environment, a long-time fisherman himself, acknowledged those concerns and acknowledged that the possible effects are unknown. But Sterling Belliveau said the only way to identify problems is to start installing turbines and closely monitor the result.
"These questions are only going to be addressed [if] you have a demonstration project," he said yesterday after approving the trial based on an environmental assessment.

"I think you basically cannot sit in a conference room and get the answer to that, you have to go out in the real life, in the real world."

A full-scale tidal energy project, if viable, would involve hundreds of turbines and could produce about 100 megawatts from the bay's huge tides. That would be 10 per cent of the province's energy needs, but such a system is years away.

The demonstration phase of the project, involving three turbines, is expected to cost $60-million to $70-million. Each of the three companies involved - which will co-operate on environmental monitoring and onshore development - intends to test a different type of turbine.

Read entire article here:  http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/monster-turbines-gear-up-to-harness-fundy-tidal-power/article1289331/

Photo Credit: Province of NS

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Bay of Fundy Whales "Speak Out" on the Threat of LNG at Quoddy

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As we have indicated through blog posts and photos from contributors in the Quoddy area, Head Harbour Passage is filled will finbacks, humpbacks, minkes, porpoise and even endangered right whales, not to mention thousands of birds, tuna, sunfish, basking sharks and more (see ilovequoddywild.blogspot.com and quoddylinkmarine.blogspot.com).

In spite of the obvious unsuitability of this passage for gigantic LNG tankers, high-powered tugs, and fast, armed security boats, Maine senators in Washington and Augusta, the Governor of Maine, and maybe, just maybe, the premier of New Brunswick don't seem to understand why this place is so valuable economically and ecologically. It isn't that they haven't been told, that's for sure.

Well, now the whales are "speaking out" through Quoddy community members whose lives are dependent on this special place. The links below are the submissions that have been sent to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in opposition to LNG terminals in Passamaquoddy Bay and tanker passage through Head Harbour Passage at Campobello. We ignore these messages at our own peril.

Docket(s):   CP07-52-000
Filing Type:  Comment on Filing
Description:  Comment of Art A. MacKay in Docket(s)/Project(s) CP07-52-000
Submission Date: 6/19/2009
To view the document for this Filing, click here 
Docket(s):   CP07-52-000
Filing Type:  Comment on Filing
Description:  Comment of Dale Mitchell in Docket(s)/Project(s) CP07-52-000
Submission Date: 6/10/2009
To view the document for this Filing, click here 
Docket(s):   CP07-52-000
Filing Type:  Comment on Filing
Description:  Comment of Fred  Whoriskey, JR in Docket(s)/Project(s) CP07-52-000
Submission Date: 7/3/2009
To view the document for this Filing, click here 
Docket(s):   CP07-52-000
Filing Type:  Comment on Filing
Description:  Comments of Brian William Flynn on the Downeast LNG import facility under CP07-53, et. al..
To view the document for this Filing, click here 
Docket(s):   CP07-52-000
Filing Type:  Comment on Filing
Description:  Comment of Arthur A. MacKay. Current whale, bird, fish and human activity in Head Harbour Passage shows importance of ecosystem under CP07-52.
To view the document for this Filing, click here 
Docket(s):   CP07-52-000
Filing Type:  Comment on Filing
Description:  Comment of Save Passamaquoddy Bay regarding whale safety from LNG ship strikes under CP07-52 et al.
To view the document for this Filing, click here 
Docket(s):   PF08-24-000
Filing Type:  Comment on Filing
Description:  Comment of Joyce Morrell, member of Save Passamaquoddy Bay Canada Inc. under PF08-24.
To view the document for this Filing, click here 
Photo Credit: Tim Foulkes

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 ilovequoddywild.blogspot.com 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.

 See entire article here:  http://telegraphjournal.canadaeast.com/front/article/793058

Photo Credit: Telegraph Journal

Friday, September 11, 2009

Downeast LNG fails to provide information to National Marine Fisheries Service

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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.


Docket(s):   CP07-52-000
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 

Tragedy at Campobello Island

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Man caught in rising tide dies in hospital

Published Thursday September 10th, 2009
CAMPOBELLO ISLAND - Two American tourists who headed across a sandbar to a lighthouse on an island Tuesday apparently didn't realize how fast the Bay of Fundy tide can come in.
One of the two, an unidentified man, died after being caught by the tide.

Brandon Flynn, who works at a whale-watching and deep-sea fishing operation, said the water can rise from ankle to knee in a matter of seconds.

In addition, the water can turn the path into something like quicksand, making footing difficult.
"I've never been across there, but if you're a tourist, you don't understand the power of the tide here," he said.

The RCMP didn't release the names of the tourists but confirmed they were from the United States. Mounties responded to the emergency call at about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday.

A boater pulled a man and a woman from the water after they were overwhelmed on their way back from Head Harbour Lighthouse.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

From Campobello to Brier Island the Bay of Fundy is alive with whales, birds, and fish

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Right now there are astounding reports across the Bay of Fundy. Right whales, finbacks, humpbacks, minkes, and porpoise are as abundant as they have ever been. Marine birds are everywhere feeding on the abundant plankton. Exotics like Mola mola, basking sharks, and schools of huge bluefin tuna are reported daily. To add some icing to the cake, there is even a white puffin off in the middle of the Bay somewhere. Don't miss this, subscribe today or book a trip if you can. To follow daily sightings, subscribe to ilovequoddyWILD.blogspot.com.

Imagine seeing something like this video taken right here in the Bay a few days ago!

Posted on NatureNS by Dennis Garratt
Hi all, I have posted a video on U Tube of 25 Northern Right Whales in a mating frenzy in the Bay of Fundy. This was on Monday 31st August, 12 miles out from Brier. It was an amazing experience. Type in Northern Right Whales, Bay of Fundy, Nova Scotia.

We had 4 individual sightings of hummingbirds visit the boat before setting off low across the sea and a belted kingfisher!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Opponent to LNG in Quoddy Refutes Irving Oil Involvement

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Well the Irving interests have finally spoken out about their position on LNG in Maine which is, by-the-by, basically LNG in Passamaquoddy Bay where LNG promoters have continually implied that those of us who oppose LNG development here are nothing but "shills" for the Irvings. In particular, Dean Girdis of Downeast LNG continually pushes forward with this theme in the press and other public venues.

It just ain't so Dean!

But, nothing we say seems to change Dean's continual harping on the subject. Well, the Irvings have finally made a public statement.

I have been intimately involved with the Quoddy LNG debacle since it began years ago and I am here to say that, to my knowledge, the Irvings never attempted to influence the position or work of Save Passamaquoddy Bay or individuals involved in this struggle. In fact, I did make one attempt to get their views at the beginning and the word came back that they would not take any position on the development of LNG in Passamaquoddy Bay. Clearly they did not want to be involved and they have maintained that stance until this week. It seems Dean has finally broken their silence with his constant yammering. I wonder how he will twist this to his needs?

That's my opinion tonight.

Art MacKay

Irving says it won't fight Maine LNG projects
But critics have doubts, and the Canadian company has reason to try to boost its image here.
By TUX TURKEL, Staff Writer September 2, 2009

The Canadian parent company of Irving Oil has written U.S. energy regulators to say it does not and will not oppose development of liquefied natural gas terminals in Maine.

The letter was sent Tuesday to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission from Fort Reliance, which has substantial energy investments in eastern Canada and New England.

The timing aligns with a new and evolving campaign by Fort Reliance/Irving to clarify its public image in Maine. The company wants to change perceptions and blunt criticism that it has fought liquefied natural gas projects here while co-developing a terminal in Saint John, New Brunswick, that now pipes gas through Maine.

"We just want to set the record straight, both with FERC and the people of Maine," said Daniel Goodwin, a Fort Reliance spokesman.

Read the entire article here:http://pressherald.mainetoday.com/story.php?id=280673&ac=PHbiz