Thursday, July 15, 2010

LNG Hearing Postponement Upsets Intervenors

By Kevin Miller
BDN Staff

Canadian officials are reiterating their opposition to Maine-bound liquefied natural gas tankers using Passamaquoddy Bay several weeks before state regulators hold hearings on the latest proposal for an LNG terminal in Washington County.

The Canadian consul general to New England, Neil Le Blanc, made clear his government’s rigid stance against LNG tankers in Passamaquoddy Bay in a letter sent Tuesday to Maine Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner David Littell.

“The government of Canada continues to support the responsible development of LNG terminals in North America,” Le Blanc wrote. “However, Canada opposes the passage of LNG tankers through the waters of Passamaquoddy Bay due to the navigational, environmental and public safety risks associated with the transit of these tankers.

“The government of Canada is committed to protecting this area, widely recognized as a unique and highly productive marine ecosystem,” he wrote.

Le Blanc’s letter was intended to inform the Board of Environmental Protection that Calais LNG — a company that hopes to build an import terminal south of the city — has not received permission to transit what Canadian officials see as their territorial waters.

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