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Downeast LNG project
failure is pending.

Downeast LNG is the last remaining
land-based LNG import-only terminal proposal
in all of North America.

> Failed <
Calais LNG
was dismissed
from permitting by FERC
on 2012 Apr 4 — the second
LNG terminal applicant ever
to be dismissed by FERC.
> Failed <
Quoddy Bay LNG was dismissed
from permitting by FERC
on 2008 Oct 17 — the first LNG
terminal applicant ever to be
dismissed by FERC.


Posted 2014 Mar 31

>>> Hell Freezes Over <<<

Double-Walled LNG Storage Tank
Ruptured in Explosion

An incident that LNG industry proponents want you to believe cannot happen JUST HAPPENED!

Source: 5 injured in gas pipeline rupture near Plymouth (video), Yakima Herald-Republic, 2014 Mar 31

Posted 2014 Mar 11

Save Passamaquoddy Bay
Petitions FERC
Dismiss Downeast LNG

Numerous Reasons for Dismissal are Listed

Read the Public filing on the FERC docket

Source: FERC Docket CP07-52, Accession No. 20140311-5119, 2014 Mar 11

Posted 2014 Feb 12

FERC Announces Dates
Release of Final EIS (FEIS)
Final Permitting Decision

FEIS Release — 2014 May 15
Final Permitting Decision Deadline — 2014 Aug 13

Source: FERC Docket CP07-52, Accession No. 20140212-3019, 2014 Feb 12

See our Announcements page for all previous announcements.

2011 Apr 5
Last Updated 2013 Oct 19

How the Mighty Have Fallen

Except for Downeast LNG,
all Lower 48-States’, Canadian & Mexican
Shore-based LNG import-only terminal proposals have vanished
US LNG Imports are at a 10-Year Low**
...Down 79.8% since 2007 ***

"Then vs. Now: Comparing 2005 to 2013"*




40 proposed & approved import projects


1 proposed shoreside import-only project — Downeast LNG
The smart developers got out.

5 LNG terminals in operation vs

12 US and Canadian LNG import terminals are doing poorly — most are sitting idle, the remaining are at rapidly declining capacity. (The 12th US import terminal — Excelerate's Gulf Gateway in the Gulf of Mexico, new in 2005 — was retired in 2012 due to lack of need.)

2013 May 24, Neptune LNG (offshore from Gloucester, Massachusetts, and a new terminal in 2010) asked the US Maritime Administration (MARAD) for permission to suspend operations for five years, since Neptune LNG has had no imports for well over two years. On 2013 July 11 MARAD approved Neptune LNG's request to suspend import operations.

* As of 2013 Jun 17.
** As of 2011 Dec 31, updated 2012 April 30 (see "U.S. Liquefied Natural Gas Imports," Energy Information Administration)
*** As of US Department of Energy - Energy Information Administration data through 2012 Dec 31.

Total US LNG Import Capacity = 19.7 Bcf/day
Predicted Maximum US LNG Imports = 1.42 Bcf/day (7.2% of capacity)

As of 2013 Jan 11 there were 23 Department of Energy applications
wishing to export domestic-sourced LNG

Downeast LNG is the only remaining Lower 48-States, Canada, or Mexico proposed shoreside import-only project.
The world realizes there is no market
for additional US LNG import projects.

US Department of Energy (DOE) applications to export natural gas/LNG are different from FERC LNG terminal construction applications.

2005 August 22

2013 June 3

2005 FERC mapFERC map showing 21 proposed, 19 approved, and 5 existing onshore and offshore LNG import projects in the US, Canada, and Mexico — for a total of 45 import projects.

2011 FERC mapFERC map showing 3 proposed import projects*of which just 1 import-only project now remains (Downeast LNG) as of 2012 Dec 5 — and 26 proposed & potential LNG export projects onshore and offshore in the US, Canada, and Mexico.

* The Liberty Natural Gas project offshore from NJ and NY, under MARAD permitting authority (rather than FERC), is still listed (2013 Jun 3), even though it withdrew its MARAD permit application in 2012 and was vetoed by NJ Gov. Christie on 2011 Feb 8; therefore, we do not include it here in the count of proposed and potential import projects.

US Shale Natural Gas Fields Map

The Northeast has vast natural gas resources,
mooting new LNG import infrastructure

Shale Gas Map

Large Map in separate window (1.62 MB)

Long-Term LNG Imports Have Already Fallen Off a Cliff

Updated 2013 Oct 19

In 2011, the Energy Information Administration's long-term
LNG import outlook for the entire United States
predicted the maximum to be a minuscule 1.42 Bcf/day
and to then fall off a cliff; however,
as of 2012 Dec 31, US imports have already fallen to .477 Bcf/day

Regional LNG Terminal Capacity
Canaport LNG
Distrigas' Everett LNG
Suez Neptune LNG * 
Northeast Gateway
Region Total Capacity

Regional Capacity = 3.465 Bcf/day
2012 US imports = .477 Bcf/day
3.465 Bcf/day ÷ .477 Bcf/day = 7.26

 *  Neptune LNG operations were suspended for five years,
beginning on 2013 Jun 26, due to lack of need.

New England Region LNG import capacity
is already
7.26 times the LNG import volume
for the entire United States!

EIA LNG Imports: 2008–2035


Large Graph
(in separate window)

LNG imports already
fell off a cliff in 2012,
— 16 years earlier than predicted.

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Jul 19

2014 May 15


FERC Issuance of Notice of Availability
of the Downeast LNG Final EIS (FEIS)

Oct 17

2014 Aug 13


FERC 90-Day Final Authorization Decision Deadline
for the Downeast LNG application



David Suzuki, environmentalist —

“The economy can’t trump the environment," Suzuki adds. "I keep telling people: How long can you go without spending a dollar? And then how long can you go without taking a breath?”

David Suzuki on Christy Clark's LNG plans: 'Be serious', CBC News — 2013 Dec 2.

Bob Bennekamper, concerned citizen, Brick Township, New Jersey —

“If energy independence is our national goal, then neither imports nor exports are in our national interest.”

Citizens overwhelming oppose offshore liquefied natural gas operation,, NJ — 2013 October 1.

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NOTICE — Beginning in 2013 March:
Due to the pending FERC calendar re Downeast LNG permitting, in order to focus our time and resources, news articles cited on this website will include mostly just those articles of interest to the Passamaquoddy Bay area.

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Apr 23

FERC > LNG Project Review Process > eLibrary Dockets > Formal Filing Docket Comment Submissions > Downeast LNG — CP07-52, CP07-53, CP07-54, CP07-55 > 2014 April

  • Apr 23
    • Save Passamaquoddy BaySPB alerts FERC that it has petitioned PHMSA to rescind its approval of Downeast LNG's design release model for cause. PHMSA's approval is critically flawed, lacking scientifically-established and regulatory foundation.
    • Downeast LNG, Inc., Downeast Pipeline, LLCDowneast LNG responds to FERC's 2014 Feb 6 data request questions 6 (pro forma pipeline cost estimates and pipeline transportation rates), 7 (total capital cost of facilities), and 8 (pipeline cost estimates and assets consistent with FERC's accounting requirements).

USDOT — Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) > PHMSA Dockets ( > PHMSA Shell Docket

  • Save Passamaquoddy Bay Filings
    • Apr 23Save Passamaquoddy Bay — Petition
      Motion to rescind Downeast LNG's design release results approval. Vapor fences have not been validated by critical scientific analysis. Also, PHMSA failed to consider concurrent vapor fence failure with adjacent LNG piping along the 4,000-foot trestle to the proposed pier that would result in LNG vapor extending over private property that can be built upon outside the terminal — a violation of USDOT LNG terminal Exclusion Zone regulations.

News Stories & Editorial > Apr 23 [For faster page loading, go to our Latest News page.]

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Apr 15

FERC > LNG Project Review Process > eLibrary Dockets

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  • Apr 14
    • Save Passamaquoddy BayResponse to FERC Chair LaFleur's statement regarding protecting Non-Public information. FERC facilitates applicant abuse of Non-Public status on non-qualifying information. Downeast LNG is currently abusing that classification. Save Passamaquoddy Bay suggests three punitive actions for such abuse.
      (This file is also contained within the comment filing below.)

> Formal Filing Docket Comment Submissions > Downeast LNG — CP07-52, CP07-53, CP07-54, CP07-55 > 2014 April

  • Apr 14
    • Save Passamaquoddy Bay FERC facilitates applicant abuse of Non-Public classification of documents filed to the docket.

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Apr 9

FERC > LNG Project Review Process > eLibrary Dockets > Formal Filing Docket Comment Submissions > Downeast LNG — CP07-52, CP07-53, CP07-54, CP07-55 > 2014 April

  • Apr 9
    • Save Passamaquoddy BayThe 2014 Mar 31 explosion at the Williams Northwest Pipeline peakshaving facility in Plymouth, Washington, demonstrates that a similar event at the Downeast LNG terminal could result in a BLEVE (boiling liquid expanding vapor explosion), with catastrophic consequences outside the facility. SPB urges FERC to reevaluate Downeast LNG's Exclusion Zones that may be too small.

News Stories & Editorial > Apr 9

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Apr 8

Resources & Links > LNG-related Organizations & Sites > Regional — East Coast of US & Canada > South of Gulf of Maine (US)

> Maryland > Chesapeake Bay

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