The Saint Croix Courier

St. Stephen, NB

2005 October 7

Canada can kill bay LNG plans


ST.ANDREWS – There was some good news for opponents of the proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals in Passamaquoddy Bay when a representative from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) spoke at a meeting in Robbinston Thursday.

Richard Hoffman, an engineer with FERC’s Office of Energy Projects, attended a meeting in the community to explain the process for siting and approving LNG import terminals.

Among those who attended was Joyce Morrell, of Owen House in Campobello, who is staunchly opposed to any LNG developments in Passamaquoddy Bay.

She said one bright moment was when Hoffman responded to someone saying that the Canadians never asked any Americans why they built the Point Lepreau nuclear generating station on a fault.

Morrell said Hoffman told the people gathered in the Robbinston grade school gymnasium, “These tankers will have to go through Canadian waters and the Canadians have the ability to say no to the tankers. If they say no, that will be the end of it. That will stop all the projects.”

She added the FERC official said this very clearly and with finality. Hoffman was invited to Robbinston by the town to explain to the people about LNG.

[Webmaster's Note: Hoffmann's presentation covered the FERC permitting process for LNG facilities.]


© 2005 Advocate Media
Article republished on Save Passamaquoddy Bay website with permission.

The Saint Croix Courier, St. Stephen, NB