The Saint Croix Courier

St. Stephen, NB

2009 Jun 12

Downeast LNG holds public meeting Tuesday

ROBBINSTON – The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) will hold a public meeting to accept comments on Downeast LNG’s draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) Tuesday, June 16 at Robbinston Grade School at 8 p.m. (Atlantic time).

The company is proposing to build an LNG import terminal at Mill Cove in Robbinston which will consist of two storage tanks, a re-gasification plant, a pier to receive LNG carriers and a natural gas pipeline that will connect the facility to the existing pipeline that runs from Nova Scotia through Maine.

In January 2008 the people of Robbinston voted to support the project and the company have subsequently received approval of their land use application from the Robbinston Planning Board.

Last month the project received a favourable DEIS from FERC and company president Dean Girdis said this was validation that this was a viable, responsible, environmentally-sound project.

However, Save Passamaquoddy Bay continue to oppose any plans for LNG development in the bay and point out that both the federal and provincial governments have said no to LNG tankers travelling through Head Harbour Passage.

The project is currently undergoing a review by FERC and the company will be submitting permit applications to the Maine Department of Environmental Protection in the near future.


© 2009 Advocate Media
Article republished on Save Passamaquoddy Bay website with permission.

The Saint Croix Courier, St. Stephen, NB