Thursday, May 6, 2010

Canadian groups seeks citizens help opposing US Passamaquoddy-based LNG proposals.

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April 27, 2010
Dear Supporters of Passamaquoddy Bay:

When we sent out our last update in December of 2009, we were awaiting the final decision from FERC (the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission) about the LNG terminal proposed for Mill Cove, Me., across from the St. Andrews golf course. Since then, Downeast LNG has been slow to submit required information to FERC, which has delayed the issuance of the final report. We are still waiting, but do expect it soon. It is important to remember, as the federal process comes to an end for Downeast, that even though they may get approved at this level, they have not yet started the Maine process, and they must have approval from both levels of government before they can proceed.

Calais LNG, with the financial backing of Goldman Sachs, has filed their proposal with FERC and is proceeding with the state of Maine, at the same time. We are pleased to report to you that both the Conservation Law Foundation and the Sierra Club are intervening in opposition to this project.

Some of you may have read in the Courier that SPB is currently in need of funds. To clarify, it is SPB/US that is fund-raising at the moment. SPB/US is our State-side partner in the fight against the LNG terminals in Passamaquoddy Bay, without whom our job would be a whole lot harder. While it is possible that we may have to turn to you again in the future, SPB/Canada, thanks to the generosity of our supporters, is not currently fund-raising.

That being said, we are asking for a different kind of support with this update. The SPB Three-Nation Alliance (which includes the Native American nation) has started a campaign to show FERC the number of citizens who would be affected by and are opposed to an LNG terminal in Calais. We want to put a human face - the many, many human faces of the people who live here, work here, visit here - on this proposal.

We are asking you to please take a few moments and write a letter to FERC. Use your own words, describing what the bay means to you and how you would be effected by the LNG terminals. Things that would be helpful to include would be:

* The fact that the Bay of Fundy has recently been shortlisted in the competition for the new 7 wonders of the world - the only Canadian entry still in competition, and one of only 28 world-wide.

* The economy and the way of life of many communities around the bay depends on a clean healthy environment, for fisheries, tourism, research and more.

Save Passamaquoddy Bay / Canada is a New Brunswick corporation P.O. Box 3909, St. Andrews, NB, Canada E5B 2A5 Tel.: 506.529.8838

* It is foolhardy to risk the extensive damage that LNG tankers and a terminal could do to this important ecological area for the profit of Goldman Sachs when there is no need for the gas---the US has over 200 years of domestic supply.

* The transit route for the tankers would place many Canadian communities in the hazard zone, and would require hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of emergency response equipment and personnel, which these small communities cannot afford.

* The Canadian government has consistently said that they will not allow LNG tankers through Head Harbour Passage. It also has refused to co-operate with the permitting process.

Thank you for taking the time to do this. If you are a US citizen, please identify yourself as such when you state your opposition.

Please address and mail your letters to:
Kimberly Bose, Secretary
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
888 First Street, N.E.
Washington DC 20426

You will need to include the Docket number for Calais LNG, which is CP10-32. For
FERC Docket Number for Calais LNG -- CP10-32

Thank you again for taking the time to do this. Calais LNG has deep pockets, connections, and the benefit of learning from the mistakes and obstacles that the other 2 proposals have gone through. All of our efforts will be needed to ensure that our bay remains free of this dangerous cargo.

Jessie Davies,