"For much of the state of Maine, the environment is the economy"
(cross-referenced by location & community)
Casco Bay - 2004 (Failed)
Cousins Island (Failed)
Cumberland, Casco Bay (Failed)
Gleason Cove (Failed)
Hope Island (Failed)
Mill Cove (Failed)
Pleasant Point Passamaquoddy Reservation (Failed)
Red Beach (Failed)
Sears Island (Failed)
Split Rock (Failed)
Location: Perry between Mahar Rd. & Cannon Hill Rd. (storage tanks for Split Rock terminal)
The Split Rock Ground Lease between Pleasant Point Tribal Government and Quoddy Bay LNG provided for the LNG ship berth and other LNG facilities essential to the project. The LNG piping was planned to go beneath Split Rock, under Half Moon Cove, onto shore in Perry, beneath the Old Eastport Road, and up a hill to the storage tanks. DEFUNCT — FERC applications Dismissed by FERC on 2008 Oct 17. On 2009 June 9, Pleasant Point Tribal Government ended its Ground Lease with Quoddy Bay LNG essentially ended the life of the project.
Anti-LNG Organizations: Save Passamaquoddy Bay 3-Nation Alliance; Perry Citizens for Responsible Growth.
See Sipayik/Pleasant Point Reservation for Quoddy Bay LNG failure at Split Rock, Sipayik.
City of CalaisTop
Developer: Calais LNG Project Co — DEFUNCT — FERC applications Dismissed by FERC on 2012 Apr 4. See FERC's Docket filing Dismissing Calais LNG.
- 9th Name Used:
Calais LNG Project Co.
- 8th Name Used:
- 7th Name Used:
Calais Maine LNG Import Terminal (2008)
- 6th Name Used:
Northeast Energy Development * (2007)
- 5th Name Used:
- 4th Name Used:
- 3rd Name Used:
St. Croix Development (2005)
- 2nd Name Used:
St. Croix Consulting (2005)
- 1st Name Used:
BP Consulting (2005)
* This name is a partnership between Ian Emery and Art Gelber..
2008 Oct 21 — Calais LNG corrects false claim in Status Report to FERC that they had met with Save Passamaquoddy Bay.
2009 Dec 18 — Calais LNG filed formal FERC application.
2010 Apr 15 — Calais LNG financial backer Goldman Sachs accused of committing fraud by US Securities and Exchange Commission.
2010 Apr 30 — Calais LNG financial backer Goldman Sachs accused of criminal activity.
2010 Aug 31 — Calais LNG failed to renew its option to purchase the land required for its proposed terminal by this deadline, losing title, right, or interest (TRI) required for Maine and FERC permitting; however, at the Sep 15 Board of Environmental Protection meeting regarding the project, the company failed to inform the BEP of this lapse.
2010 Sep 1 — Calais LNG failed to renew its purchase option on the property required for its terminal, losing title, right, and interest (TRI) in the land — and withheld that permitting threshold failure from both the Maine DEP and from FERC.
2010 Sep 21 — US Coast Guard, in its Waterway Suitability Assessment (WSA) & Letter of Recommendation (LOR), requires Calais LNG to obtain Government of Canada cooperation for safe and secure transits in US and Canadian waters.
2010 Nov 17 — Owners of the land required for Calais LNG's terminal notified the Maine Board of Environmental Protection that Calais LNG had not renewed its option to purchase upon expiring on 2010 Aug 31; meaning, Calais LNG no longer holds the required TRI for state permitting. (Letter to the Maine BEP from the land owners; PDF, 425 KB)
2010 Dec 2 — Calais LNG wrote to the BEP that if the BEP were to recommence the permitting process, the applications would be appropriately and summarily dismissed, due to lack of financial capacity and TRI. (Letter to the Maine BEP; PDF, 235 KB)
2010 Dec 3— FERC wrote to Calais LNG, indicating FERC's awareness of Calais LNG's lack of financial capacity and TRI. FERC demanded Calais LNG provide a schedule by Dec 13 to when the company would secure TRI and financial capacity. (See document on FERC Docket CP10-32)
2010 Dec 13 — Calais LNG failed to respond to FERC by this deadline, justifying why it should remain in FERC permitting. (The company filed to the FERC Docket on Dec 17, admitting lack of TRI and financial capacity. Nevertheless, Calais LNG asked FERC to remain in permit processing.)
2012 Apr 4 — FERC dismisses Calais LNG from federal permitting for failure to have financing and access to a project site. See FERC's Docket filing Dismissing Calais LNG.
Town of RobbinstonTop
Location: Robbinston Mill Cove
Developer: Downeast LNG
DEFUNCT — FERC applications Dismissed by FERC on 2016 August 17. See FERC's Docket filing Dismissing Downeast LNG.
Anti-LNG Organizations: Save Passamaquoddy Bay 3-Nation Alliance.
Results: (Failure — Dismissed by FERC on 2016 August 17)
2007 Nov 15 — Downeast LNG withdrew state permits on 2007 Nov 15;
2009 Jan 9 — US Coast Guard Waterway Suitability Report requires Downeast LNG to obtain Canada's cooperation for secure LNG ship transits; otherwise, Coast Guard will refuse entry into US.
2009 May 15 — FERC Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) released.
2009 Jul 6 — Downeast LNG failed to meet technical question deadline for FERC's DEIS questions.
2010 Apr 5 (or earlier) — Downeast LNG office listed for sale.
Location: Robbinston Near US-1 (storage tanks for Split Rock terminal)
Anti-LNG Organizations: Save Passamaquoddy Bay 3-Nation Alliance
Results: (Location concept deserted in 2006 by Quoddy Bay LLC)
Sipayik/Pleasant Point Passamaquoddy ReservationTop
Anti-LNG Organizations: Nulankeyutomonen Nkihtahkomikumon, a member of the Save Passamaquoddy Bay 3-Nation Alliance.
Result: Failure; On 2005 Mar 28, Town of Perry voted down allowing an LNG terminal on "Article 40" land (Perry had approval authority on commercial development of land it had sold to Pleasant Point in the 1980s referred to in Article 40.)
- (1) Sipayik/Pleasant Point Reservation — Split Rock — Import terminal pier & pier-based regasification (See also, "Robbinston");
- (2) Perry — LNG storage tanks & land-based regasification (See also, "Perry")
- DEFUNCT — FERC applications Dismissed by FERC on 2008 Oct 17. Quoddy Bay LNG has failed at all locations. See FERC's Docket filing Dismissing Quoddy Bay LNG
Anti-LNG Organizations: Nulankeyutomonen Nkihtahkomikumon, member of the Save Passamaquoddy Bay 3-Nation Alliance
2008 Apr 25 — FERC suspended review of Quoddy Bay LNG applications.
2008 Oct 26 — Quoddy Bay LLC/LNG withdraws from Maine permitting, since it no longer has a project;
2008 Nov 6 — Quoddy Bay LLC/LNG withdrawal approved by State of Maine Board of Environmental Protection permitting;
2009 Feb — Quoddy Bay LNG sued by Coler & Colantonio Inc. for non-payment.
2009 Jun 9 — Pleasant Point Tribal Government ended Quoddy Bay LLC/LNG project ground lease;
2009 Jul 29 (or earlier) — Quoddy Bay LNG removed by FERC from its maps of Potential and Proposed LNG Terminals in North America:
(1)Proposed LNG Sites in North America [PDF];
(2) Potential LNG Sites in North America [PDF].
2010 Jan — Quoddy Bay LNG sued by TRC for nonpayment.
2010 Apr 3 — Quoddy Bay LNG signs removed from building and along Maine Route-190.
2010 Apr 23 — Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) canceled federal ground lease approval between Pleasant Point Tribal Government and Quoddy Bay LNG. (Because of a nearly five-year-long lawsuit by Nulankeyutomonen Nkihtahkomikumon against the BIA for violating the law in approving the ground lease in the first place, the courts required the BIA to come to an administrative conclusion regarding the lease. Nulankeyutomonen Nkihtakumikumon prevailed.)
2010 Jul 29 — BIA Acting Eastern Regional Director denied Quoddy Bay LNG's appeal of the BIA's cancellation of the Pleasant Point Tribal Government lease to Quoddy Bay LNG, since Quoddy Bay LNG deserted the lease and for failing to make lease payments.
2010 Aug 31 — Quoddy Bay LLC appealed the BIA Acting Eastern Regional Director's denial of Quoddy Bay LNG's request to reconsider the decision to cancel the lease agreement. The US Department of Interior Office of Hearings and Appeals, Interior Board of Indian Appeals Administrative Judge Debora G. Luther assigned the case Docket Number 10-138.
2012 Oct 4 — US Department of Interior (DOI) Interior Board of Indian Appeals (IBIA) Law Judge Deborah Luther ruled that the 2005 ground lease between the Pleasant Point Passamaquoddy Tribal Government and Quoddy Bay LNG was never valid. The BIA violated its own regulations when it approved the lease, so the lease "never went into effect as a matter of law."
Town of Yarmouth, Casco BayTop
Location: Yarmouth Cousins Island
Developer: Transcanada Pipelines Ltd. (See also, "Hope Island".)
Result: Failure; 2004 May 4, Developer declared site unsuitable.
Town of Cumberland, Casco Bay
Location: Cumberland Hope IslandTop
Developer: Transcanada Pipelines Ltd. (See also, "Cousins Island".)
Result: Failure; Town decided not to negotiate project
Town of Gouldsboro
Anti-LNG Organizations: None apparently formed
Result: Failure, 2004 Sep 7, Cianbro bowed out due to strong community opposition.
Town of Harpswell, Casco Bay
Location: Former Fuel Depot
Developer: Conoco Phillips Fairwinds LNG
Result: Failure; 2004 March 9, Harpswell citizens voted to reject project.
Location: Not known
Developer: Proposed by President Richard Nixon, US Government; private developer, if any, not known.
Anti-LNG Organizations: Not known
Result: Failure; LNG project apparently rejected by Town of Machias.