FERC Questions Downeast LNG

Save Passamaquoddy Bay, the Eastport Maine-based alliance of US, Passamaquoddy, and Canadian citizens opposed to liquefied natural gas (LNG) development in Passamaquoddy Bay, alerted news media today that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has put difficult questions to Downeast LNG.

FERC is requiring Downeast LNG to answer how the company plans to ship natural gas south to its intended Boston market on the Maritimes and Northeast Pipeline. The pipeline company has just announced it is planning to reverse direction, shipping natural gas north to New England — including Maine — and the Canadian Maritimes. FERC also asks Downeast LNG to justify its import project now that US natural gas production is booming, entirely eliminating the need for LNG imports. FERC is requiring answers by February 27th.

“FERC is demanding answers to some elementary questions that Downeast LNG will have a difficult time answering,” said Robert Godfrey, researcher for Save Passamaquoddy Bay.

“After eight years in the FERC permitting process, it is unbelievable that Downeast LNG is still being asked these questions. Hopefully, FERC will finally dismiss this inappropriate, unneeded project,” Godfrey concluded.

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 best safe practices 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.