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Downeast LNG import/export
project failure is pending.

> 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.

>>> ANNOUNCEMENTS <<<

Posted 2015 Feb 26

Sen. Angus King
Opposes LNG Exports

>>> Finally! <<<
>>> A Maine US Senator <<<
>>> Takes the Right Stand on LNG <<<

 

Source: King Expresses Support for Natural Gas Pipeline, Opposition to LNG Exports,
The Free Press, 2015 Feb 26

Posted 2015 Feb 13

>>> LNG Demand Crashes <<<

The LNG Bubble Has Burst

Just as more LNG becomes available,
Asian demand has crashed.

Over 10% of world LNG tankers sit idle in Singapore.

Source: LNG tankers lie unused around Singapore as gas downturn turns to crisis, 2015 Feb 13

Posted 2015 Feb 10

FERC Legal Department
Takes Notice of
Save Passamaquoddy Bay
Complaint

FERC General Counsel
to Present SPB Complaint to
Counsel Staff & Gas Projects Staff

FERC's Lack of Timely Response
to Public Stakeholders' Comments
Violates
National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)

Source: PDF fileEmail from FERC General Counsel David Morenoff, 2015 Feb 10 (PDF file; 221 KB)

Posted 2015 Jan 15

Scientists Take On FERC's
Faulty Safe-Siting Policy

Premier Vapor Dispersion, Fire & Explosion Experts
Dr. Jerry Havens & Dr. James Venart
Criticize FERC's Draft EIS of
Jordan Cove LNG in Oregon

Much of the criticism also applies to
FERC's coddling of Downeast LNG

Source: Docket No. CP13-483, Accession No.20150114-5038, FERC eLibrary, 2015 Jan 14

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Art Berman, petroleum industry expert —

“The folly of the U.S. model for LNG exports is that the world is holding its breath. Well, guess what? The world has changed.”

“If these guys want to spend all this money to export LNG, let them hang themselves. We (the United States) get it wrong every time and it just seems like we're on track to do it again.” [Bold emphasis added.]

LNG — it's both 'if' and 'when', The World, Coos Bay, OR, 2015 Jan 30.


Gordon Wilson, former British Columbia Liberal leader and NDP cabinet minister

"The most compelling reason to be concerned about relying on this golden goose [LNG exporting] is the fact that the markets we are told will buy all we can supply may not materialize as we think, and even if they do, the price they are prepared to pay for our product may be well below what is anticipated." (quoted from 2013 Apr) [Bold emphasis added.]

Rafe: Gordon Wilson finds religion on LNG…for $12,500 a month,
The Common Sense Canadianl, 2013 Nov 4.


US Senator Angus King (ME-I); former Governor of Maine —

"Serving on this committee will give me the opportunity to fight for Maine’s energy future, work hard to protect its beautiful and abundant natural resources, and encourage a cleaner, more deliberate national energy policy."

King appointed to Senate energy oversight panel, Portland Press Herald, 2014 Dec 12.


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Mar 6

Industry Best Practices <<< New!

Mar 4

FERC > LNG Project Review Process > eLibrary Dockets > Pre-Filing Comment Submissions > Monthly Listings of Pre-filing Comments > Downeast LNG — PF14-19 > 2015 March

  • Mar 3
    • Save Passamaquoddy BaySPB informs FERC General Counsel that our email to him containing comments about our previous docket filing (to both the Pre-Filing and Formal Filing dockets) cannot be considered ex parte, since ex parte rules do not apply to Pre-Filing dockets. Communications that are clearly not ex parte on one docket cannot simultaneously be ex parte on another docket, especially when Formal Filing has been suspended.
       
      If such issues are not clear to FERC General Counsel, then how can they be clear to the public?

FERC > LNG Project Review Process > eLibrary Dockets > Formal Filing Comment Submissions > Downeast LNG — CP07-52, CP07-53, CP07-54, CP07-55 > 2015 March

  • Mar 3
    • Save Passamaquoddy BaySPB informs FERC General Counsel that our email to him containing comments about our previous docket filing (to both the Pre-Filing and Formal Filing dockets) cannot be considered ex parte, since ex parte rules do not apply to Pre-Filing dockets. Communications that are clearly not ex parte on one docket cannot simultaneously be ex parte on another docket, especially when Formal Filing has been suspended.
       
      If such issues are not clear to FERC General Counsel, then how can they be clear to the public?

       
  • Mar 4
    • ENERGY PROJECTS, OFFICE OF [FERC]Downeast LNG indicates it had filed a response to Passamaquoddy Pleasant Point Chief Fred Moore's docket filing objecting to the project. Also, FERC indicates that a project update will be issued "in the near future." (FERC had previously indicated that the update would be issued by the end of February.)

Mar 3

FERC > LNG Project Review Process > eLibrary Dockets > Pre-Filing Comment Submissions > Monthly Listings of Pre-filing Comments > Downeast LNG — PF14-19 > 2015 March

  • Mar 3
    • OFFICE OF GENERAL COUNSEL [FERC]FERC General Counsel claims that Save Passamaquoddy Bay's courtesy copy of our March 2 docket comment to him was a prohibited ex parte communication. Nonsense! We have confirmed with FERC that pre-filing communications, as with Downeast LNG's export proposal (Docket PF14-19) — and a communication about a suspended docket, as is the case with Downeast LNG's import proposal (Dockets CP07-52, et al.) — have no ex parte prohibitions.

FERC > LNG Project Review Process > eLibrary Dockets > Formal Filing Comment Submissions > Downeast LNG — CP07-52, CP07-53, CP07-54, CP07-55 > 2015 March

  • Mar 3
    • OFFICE OF GENERAL COUNSEL [FERC]FERC General Counsel claims that Save Passamaquoddy Bay's courtesy copy of our March 2 docket comment to him was a prohibited ex parte communication. Nonsense! We have confirmed with FERC that pre-filing communications, as with Downeast LNG's export proposal (Docket PF14-19) — and a communication about a suspended docket, as is the case with Downeast LNG's import proposal (Dockets CP07-52, et al.) — have no ex parte prohibitions.

Mar 2

FERC > LNG Project Review Process > eLibrary Dockets > Formal Filing Comment Submissions > Downeast LNG — CP07-52, CP07-53, CP07-54, CP07-55 > 2015 March

  • Mar 2
    • Save Passamaquoddy BaySPB points out that Downeast LNG's attorney Matthew Manahan of Pierce Atwood LLP has filed a self-contradicting comment. Downeast LNG argues that the Passamaquoddy Tribe has no fishing rights in the marine waterway proposed for use by Downeast LNG, and so the Tribe has no authority to deny LNG ship transits to and from the proposed terminal; however, in the same paragraph, Downeast LNG admits that the Passamaquoddy Tribe does have fishing rights in the same waterway proposed for use by Downeast LNG.

      Additionally, the Passamaquoddy Tribe has clamming rights in the Mill Cove intertidal zone that would be affected by the proposed terminal, potentially restricting or eliminating clamming there. Downeast LNG's attorney has patently contradicted himself, and has actually demonstrated that the Passamaquoddy Tribe actually does have rights in the marine waterway.

      The US Coast Guard, not the Tribe, is denying LNG transits. The Coast Guard requires Downeast LNG to obtain consent from the Passamaquoddy Tribe for shared use of the waterway. Downeast LNG has continued for six (6) years to defy the Coast Guard requirement; thus, has no right for LNG ships to transit to and from the terminal. This is in addition to Government of Canada prohibition of LNG transits in the waterway.

FERC > LNG Project Review Process > eLibrary Dockets > Pre-Filing Comment Submissions > Monthly Listings of Pre-filing Comments > Downeast LNG — PF14-19 > 2015 March

  • Mar 2
    • Save Passamaquoddy BaySPB points out that Downeast LNG's attorney Matthew Manahan of Pierce Atwood LLP has filed a self-contradicting comment. Downeast LNG argues that the Passamaquoddy Tribe has no fishing rights in the marine waterway proposed for use by Downeast LNG, and so the Tribe has no authority to deny LNG ship transits to and from the proposed terminal; however, in the same paragraph, Downeast LNG admits that the Passamaquoddy Tribe does have fishing rights in the same waterway proposed for use by Downeast LNG.

      Additionally, the Passamaquoddy Tribe has clamming rights in the Mill Cove intertidal zone that would be affected by the proposed terminal, potentially restricting or eliminating clamming there. Downeast LNG's attorney has patently contradicted himself, and has actually demonstrated that the Passamaquoddy Tribe actually does have rights in the marine waterway.

      The US Coast Guard, not the Tribe, is denying LNG transits. The Coast Guard requires Downeast LNG to obtain consent from the Passamaquoddy Tribe for shared use of the waterway. Downeast LNG has continued for six (6) years to defy the Coast Guard requirement; thus, has no right for LNG ships to transit to and from the terminal. This is in addition to Government of Canada prohibition of LNG transits in the waterway.

Mar 1

FERC > FERC LNG Project Review Process > eLibrary Dockets > Dockets — Prefiling & Formal Filing > eLibrary Docket Comment Submissions > Formal Filing Docket Comment Submissions > Downeast LNG CP07-52 > 2015 > February

  • Feb 27
    • Pierce Atwood LLP [attorney for Downeast LNG]Downeast LNG's attorney Matthew Manahan of Pierce Atwood makes a flawed argument that Downeast LNG does not have to abide by the US Coast Guard requirement to obtain consent from the Passamaquoddy Tribe for shared use of the waterway.

Feb 26

Announcements > 2015 > February

  • Feb 26  >>> Sen. Angus King Opposes LNG Exports <<<  

News > 2015 February > February 26 [For faster page loading, go to our Latest News page.]

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Feb 25

FERC > LNG Project Review Process > eLibrary Dockets > Pre-Filing Comment Submissions > Monthly Listings of Pre-filing Comments > Downeast LNG — PF14-19 > 2015 February

  • Feb 25
    • Passamaquoddy Indian TribeDuplicate of the Passamaquoddy Tribe's Feb 20 filing opposing Downeast LNG.
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