"For much of the state of Maine, the environment is the economy"
2006 March 15
NOTE (2006 Mar 18): Quoddy Bay LLC's attorney, William Scherman of Scadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, is former general counsel to FERC. Scherman's making the same obvious error twice in filing documents to a FERC docket doesn't speak well for either FERC or the attorney.
NOTE: After our 2006 March 11 news release, "Quoddy Bay LLC must have time machine!" and our March 14 NOTE posting it on this website, Quoddy Bay LLC realized their continuing string of errors, and finally figured out that they actually needed to properly correct their report to FERC.
Quoddy Bay LLC, a company proposing to build an LNG terminal in Washington County, Maine, previously submitted a monthly status report ending 2006 March 10 to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Docket No. PF06-11. The report indicated that FERC had made a site visit on March 15 to their proposed terminal location at Split Rock at Sipayik (Pleasant Point Passamaquoddy Reservation).
The international Save Passamaquoddy Bay 3-Nation Alliance pointed out in a March 11 news release that Quoddy Bay LLC must have a time machine in order to report on March 10 an event that occurred on March 15. On March 13, William Scherman of Scadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP attorney for Quoddy Bay LLC then submitted a revised version of their monthly status report, which was posted to the FERC Docket on March 14. In the revision's cover letter, Quoddy Bay's attorney mentioned that they actually meant "February 15" instead of "March 15" regarding the FERC site visit.
However, Quoddy Bay LLC didn't correct the date in the event enumeration itself. So, then Quoddy Bay LLC's report contradicted itself: In the cover letter it indicated that the site visit was on February 15, but the report listing itself still stated that the site visit occurred on March 15. Save Passamaquoddy Bay pointed out the continuing error in a note on page http://www.savepassamaquoddybay.org/news_releases/2006/qbllc_time_machine.html.
Save Passamaquoddy Bay's diligence at publicly pointing out the continuing error may have been the impetus for Quoddy Bay LLC to finally get it right on their third attempt, which was posted to the FERC eLibrary on March 15.
In observing this "comedy of errors," Save Passamaquoddy Bay member Ron Rosenfeld remarked, "Liquified Natural Gas is serious, hazardous business. Quoddy Bay LLC's continuing and unsettling lack of attention to detail in officially-required reports should be setting off alarms at FERC and with the public."
Save Passamaquoddy Bay is an alliance of citizens from the U.S., the Passamaquoddy Tribe, and Canada, who oppose siting LNG industrial facilities in Passamaquoddy Bay. The organization promotes creative-economy, tradition-based, and tourism-based economic development for the international Passamaquoddy Bay area.
To view Quoddy Bay LLC's erroneous second-attempt document on the FERC eLibrary website, visit:
Quoddy Bay LLC's third -- and finally-correct -- version is available at: