"For much of the state of Maine, the environment is the economy"
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Note: The Perry Improvement Association supports LNG in Passamaquoddy Bay, and therefore is opposed to the principles of Save Passamaquoddy Bay 3-Nation Alliance.
2005 October 17
PERRY Members of the Perry Improvement Association recently met with Quoddy Bay project manager, Brian Smith, to urge him to consider building an LNG storage facility in Perry.
11 members of the 13-member group met with Smith on Wednesday evening in Perry. Smith indicated that Quoddy Bay will begin the evaluation of a site within two miles of Split Rock and approximately a mile inland from Passamaquoddy Bay.
"We are pleased that Brian Smith is considering Perry for the LNG storage facility," said PIA member, Betty Johnson.
The group is evaluating all of the impacts and the benefits associated with the facility. In addition, the PIA formed a negotiating committee to discuss with Quoddy Bay the economics of the project.
"We will meet with Brian in the next month to negotiate a package above and beyond the tax benefit of a 250 million dollar project that will benefit all Perry residents," said PIA member, Harry Grose, who is also a member of the negotiating committee.
The association also plans on sitting down with the Perry Selectmen, the Pleasant Point Passamaquoddy Tribe, the County Commissioners office, the Economic Sunrise Group and others to discuss the LNG storage facility along with PIA's other goals for economic development.
The need for an economic tax base for Perry inspired the 13-member group to reestablish The Perry Improvement Association, originally formed in the early 70s, but dissolved 20 years ago. The Association was established to address current needs and explore ways to improve the community with several worthy causes already being addressed.
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