The Quoddy Tides

Eastport, Maine

2006 January 27

FERC approves Downeast LNG request

by Marie Jones Holmes

A request submitted by Downeast LNG for a pre-filing review process for their proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal at Mill Cove in Robbinston initially was returned by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). In a letter dated January 12 to Downeast LNG, FERC said the request did not identify the environmental and engineering firms and subcontractors under contract to develop the project.

Robert Wyatt, vice president of environment and permits for Downeast LNG, says the information was then forwarded to FERC, and he reports that the federal agency approved the request for the pre-filing review on January 25.

The mandatory FERC pre-filing process is the first step of the structured federal permitting schedule during which an applicant presents aspects of an LNG project to all stakeholders, including members of the community as well as state and federal regulators. This process allows stakeholders to review project details and provide input into the development prior to the filing of formal permit applications with local, state and federal governments.

Quoddy Bay LLC, which proposes to construct a $500-million LNG facility at Split Rock, Pleasant Point, filed its pre-application on December 16. The company received notice on January 11 that FERC approved its pre-filing request.


© 2006 The Quoddy Tides
Eastport, Maine
Article republished on Save Passamaquoddy Bay website with permission.