"For much of the state of Maine, the environment is the economy"
September 12, 2005
Park Address: 350 Todd’s Point Road, Champlain, NB
Office Address: 89 Prince William Street, PO Box 374, St. Stephen, NB E3L 2X3
Telephone: 506-467-9905, Fax 466-5174
September 12, 2005
St. Croix Estuary Project Inc. Announce International Initiative to Protect the Quoddy Region
Art MacKay of the St. Croix Estuary Project Inc. (SCEP), Linda Godfrey of Save Passamaquoddy Bay (SPB) and Vera Francis of Nulankeyutomonen Nkihtahkomikumon (We take care of the homeland), jointly announced today the launching of "The Whole Bay Campaign", an initiative to insure the future integrity of the social and natural environment of the Quoddy Region.
"The Whole Bay Campaign objectives are to: inform, promote, and protect." MacKay said. "Our group believes that knowledge and education will lead to informed decisions. It is the purpose of this campaign to inform citizens, politicians, and others about the valuable Quoddy Region and its importance to the future of Canada and the United States’ to actively promote a sustainable community concept through involvement in the development of appropriate enterprises and employment, and to actively work towards the elimination of existing pollution, and the prevention of unsuitable industrial development."
"We’re open for business." Linda Godfrey said, "We’ve been on the road constantly for over a year now and many of us have invested heavily in our efforts to inform our friends and neighbors about this unique and valuable place we call home. We now are actively soliciting public support for our effort to inform people about the proposed LNG developments in Cobscook and Passamaquoddy Bays. Also, we are looking to the future and have become actively involved in forging economic development right here where we live."
"The Quoddy Region has been challenged by inappropriate industrial development in the past." Art MacKay said. "However, it was the proposal for the LNG terminal at Pleasant Point, over a year ago, and the two new subsequent proposals that made us realize that we ourselves must define the future of our international community and work proactively towards appropriate sustainable enterprises that will thrive in our unique and rich natural environment. If we’ve learned anything, it is the true
economic value of our resources and this beautiful place. All of us were astounded to learn that annual income from our resource-based industries reaches a billion dollars and provides direct employment for thousands of citizens. We were equally
astounded to learn that the nature of the LNG industry could bar us from the very waters that provide us with our livings."
Linda Godfrey referred to the work that the three groups have done during the last year. "Early on, we informed ourselves about LNG and a group of concerned citizens initiated a campaign to tell our friends and neighbors around the Quoddy Region about the threat to their lifestyles and employment. We have spoken to dozens and dozens of groups, both large and small - students, local organizations, municipal government, politicians - literally anyone who wanted to learn about our rich environment, its valuable eco-economy, and our concerns about LNG."
"The LNG developments threaten to disenfranchise my people." Passamaquoddy Leader Vera Francis warned. "We have depended on the richness of the Passamaquoddy area for over 10,000 years and continue to do so. It is time for all of us to work together to build and maintain a healthy place for everyone around the Bay."
In Canada donations should be sent to: St. Croix Estuary Project Inc., 89 Prince William Street, PO Box 374, St. Stephen, NB, Canada, E3L 2X3, (506) 467-9905. A tax receipt will be issued. Donate online at [ http://www.scep.org ]www.scep.org. In the U.S.A. donations should be sent to: Save Passamaquoddy Bay, c/o The Commons, Eastport, PO Box 255, Eastport, ME 04631, (207)853-2574 (www.savepassamaquoddybay.org)
St. Croix Estuary Project Inc. (SCEP) is an independent community organization that fosters a healthy environment for future generations in the Quoddy Region. It is a charitable, non-profit organization that was established in 1992 and is one of 14 organizations in Atlantic Canada that work together under the Atlantic Coastal Action Program (ACAP) of Environment Canada.
Contact: Art MacKay. Executive Director, 506-467-9905 or 506-529-2606