Proposed Maine LNG Facility Clears CG Hurdle
September 24, 2010
The Coast Guard says that the waters leading to a proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility in Calais, Maine, are suitable for navigation by LNG tankers. Calais LNG is proposing construction of a 330-acre, $1 billion LNG facility in Calais, which would require tankers to transit the Western Passage of Passamaquoddy Bay and the Bay of Fundy. The company still needs to submit a completed application for the project to the Maine Bureau of Environmental Protection.
Several groups, among them Save Passamaquoddy Bay, are opposed to the proposed facility, which they say would put local towns and waterways at risk. The group also worries that right whales would be endangered by the tanker traffic. The 2 proposed LNG terminals would be located in the Western Passage of Passamaquoddy Bay, between Pleasant Point and Carlow Island.