"For much of the state of Maine, the environment is the economy"
2008 Oct 18
Canada's recent election has continued Prime Minister Stephen Harper in office (see election results by party; results by party leader), as well as New Brunswick Southwest Member of Parliament Greg Thompson (see election results), who is also Minister of Foreign Affairs. PM Harper and MP Thompson have unwaiveringly and repeatedly along with New Brunswick Premier Shawn Graham and local community political leaderes stated that Canada will prohibit LNG ship transits into Passamaquoddy Bay, and they will use every legal and diplomatic means to enforce that prohibition. They are responsibly protecting Canadian lives, economy, and environment.
Developers of projects proposed for the Maine side of Passamaquoddy Bay Downeast LNG, Calais LNG, and Quoddy Bay LNG (the project that has just been dismissed from the FERC permitting process) have all claimed a "right of innocent passage" through the Canadian waters approaching, and through, Passamaquoddy Bay, under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). Paradoxically, even the US Department of State makes the UNCLOS claim on behalf of the LNG developers.
We encourage readers to access our UNCLOS webpage (and to access the treaty, itself) to read the treaty's wording. It is abundantly clear that LNG ships wanting to traverse into Passamaquoddy Bay to US ports have no rights under UNCLOS an opinion shared by maritime law experts and even top-level US Coast Guard attorney Capt. Charles Michel (see his admission in this news article). Downeast LNG and Calais LNG simply cannot obtain LNG supplies by sea. They're wasting their investors' money, taxpayers' money, and everyone's time.
The Whole Bay Study
| Law of the Sea & Innocent Passage | Natural Gas Industry & Market Participants Report |
| Calais LNG's Claims vs LNG Industry Reality | Living in the Hazard Zones |