The Quoddy Tides

Eastport, Maine

2006 March 10

City council endorses Calais LNG

by Marie Jones Holmes

Calais City Council members have sent a letter of endorsement to Calais LNG, a company that proposes to construct a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in Red Beach, within the city limits of Calais. Cianbro, a Pittsfield-based construction firm involved with the Passamaquoddy Tribe at Indian Township, will construct the proposed facility.

Mayor Vinton Cassidy sent the letter of endorsement following a unanimous vote taken by city council members at their February 9 meeting. The letter, signed by Cassidy, says the council is endorsing the project for economic reasons, believing it will create jobs and increase the tax base. Cassidy says, "If they get through all the hoops, we will certainly welcome them to the community."

At a February 2 workshop a presentation was made to both the Calais City Council and the Calais Planning Board.

Other partners in the LNG project include Rep. Ian Emery of Cutler and Passamaquoddy Rep. Fred Moore III.

Calais LNG plans call for the construction of a 1,700-foot pier that would extend out to reach a 45-foot depth of water, in order to accommodate LNG vessels. The terminal would be built on the U.S. side of the St. Croix River between Devil's Head and St. Croix Island.


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