Saturday, July 30, 2011

TOURISM: Bay of Fundy discover in Las Vegas

Southern Canada provides breathtaking drive
Las Vegas Review Journal
Thanks to Joyce at Owen House, Campobello

The craggy Fundy coast is pounded twice a day by the highest tides in the world, with a vertical range of more than five stories. You do not want to be caught out on the rocks when the tide begins to roll in ... even with a 390-horsepower Chevy SSR.

Posted: Apr. 22, 2011 | 2:13 a.m.

I looked up from a brochure describing the massive tides of the Bay of Fundy, the briny body of water that forms the southern coast of the Canadian province of New Brunswick and the northwestern coast of Nova Scotia.

With a vertical range up to 50 feet, the bay's two daily tidal cycles move more water than the combined flow of all the rivers in the world. At low tide more than 400 square miles of ocean floor are exposed to the atmosphere and to visitors from around the world who flock to the area to witness the amazing world of Fundy.

My wife Lisa had wandered off muttering something about mudshrimp, periwinkles, barnacles and ingredients for an edible seaweed salad that sounded like something from an episode of "Fear Factor."

We were parked on the access road to Minister's Island, near the resort town of St. Andrews, New Brunswick. It was low tide and everything on and around the rocky trail was water-logged, not surprising considering the road is submerged under up to 20 feet of water most of the day.

I glanced over at the empty ignition switch of the Chevy SSR we were touring in.

"I hope she doesn't drop the keys out there," I thought, reckoning we would have about an hour and a half to find them before the SSR, the road and surrounding area were submerged during another session of Fundy water works.

Before long, Lisa returned, empty-handed except for the keys thankfully. She slipped behind the wheel and fired up the 390-horse SSR, slapped it into first gear and motored across the barren seascape to Minister's Island. I fumbled with brochures, maps and guide books that were splayed over my lap looking for a morsel of intelligence to prove my worth, while she combed the sea floor. I had spilled the contents of a bag of trail mix between the center console and the seat and scrambled to extricate what I could to feed the driver.

"You've managed quite a mess over there," Lisa laughed. "Now you know what it's like for me most of the time."

She was right. Over the years we have packed hundreds of thousands of miles onto a slew of vehicles over routes from India's GT highway to the ice road between Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk on the Mackenzie River delta in Canada's Northwest Territories.

The usual drill? I drive, Lisa does everything else. That means navigating, researching, logging

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ENTERTAINMENT: Lorne Elliot at Sunbury Shores

Needed... Folks Willing to Laugh!!

Summer's Been Great ..... This Will Make It Even Better

Also Upcoming At Sunbury Shores

Tuesday Talk - Mike Capstick 7:00pm
Afghanistan....Heading up an NGO is difficult at the best of times.
Working in places where international conflict rages is a completely different story.

Wednesday Walk - David Sullivan 7:00pm
The St Andrews Waterfront - Then and Now. Join David on a walk
from the Blockhouse to the Pendlebury Lighthouse to see and hear about the changes
that have taken place . Meet at Sunbury Shores.

Saturday August 6th - Leigh Smith Geology Exploration 1:00 - 4:00pm
Join geology professor Leigh Smith on an exploration to discover
the Rifts of Time here in our own backyard. Meet at Sunbury Shores.

There are also spaces available in all of our upcoming kids and adult programs. Check them out online

Kids This Week Maskmania 5-8 yrs 9:00 -11:30 9-12yrs 1:00-3:30

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Thursday, July 28, 2011

LNG: Downeast LNG application is still in play.

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Project Update for the Downeast LNG Project

July 2011

The purpose of this mailing is to provide an update on the environmental and engineering review of Downeast LNG, Inc.’s and Downeast Pipeline, LLC’s pending applications with the FERC (Docket Nos. CP07-52-000, CP07-53-000, and CP07-53-001). Since issuance of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) in May 2009, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has issued clarifications on its Title 49, C.F.R, Part 193 regulations to which the proposed Downeast facility would be subject. The DOT is currently in the process of evaluating alternative models necessary to ensure liquefied natural gas facilities comply with these federal safety standards. Based on the DOT’s recent progress, we are gathering information to prepare a Revised Draft EIS that will update information in the May 2009 Draft EIS and address all comments received to date. In the future, we will issue a Notice of Intent to Prepare a Revised Draft EIS that will open another scoping period during which you may submit comments. If you have already submitted comments on this project, you do not need to re-submit them.

When Downeast completes its consultation with the DOT and we have all the information necessary to complete our analysis, we will issue the Revised Draft EIS to our environmental mailing list for public review and comment. Additional information about the project is available from the Commission’s Office of External Affairs, at 1-866-208-FERC (3372).

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ALEWIFE BATTLE: Saving the alewives in the St. Croix

Posted Wednesday, July 27, 2011 in Sustainable Maine
The St. Croix River

by Christopher Bouchard

PORTLAND – Several environmentalists are fighting the state of Maine in hopes of overturning a law that would nearly eliminate alewives, a fish native to Maine, from the St. Croix River. Doug Watts, Ted Ames and Kathleen McGee have joined Friends of Merrymeeting Bay in a lawsuit against the state.

According to Watts, the law they are fighting has a history that goes back to the late 1980s. It all started when some fishermen noticed that the population of smallmouth bass in Spednic Lake (part of the St. Croix River) was dwindling. At this time, the government had been working to restore the alewife population in the river. The fishermen came to the conclusion that the recent abundance of alewives was causing the smallmouth bass population to shrink.

“Basically, they put two and two together and got five,” says Watts. “They decided, on their own, that alewives were somehow responsible for reducing the smallmouth bass population. Mainly by eating them, I guess. I'm not really sure how they came up with it, but they started rattling cages.”

These few fishermen then urged their state representatives to pass a law that would completely rid the St. Croix of alewives and, in 1995, they succeeded. The law was passed through emergency legislation,