EcoWeek,  January 29, 2007

New Brunswick seeks intervenor status on two proposed LNG facility projects in Maine

FREDERICTON, NB-New Brunswick is seeking official intervenor status in the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) review of the applications to build two liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities in Maine, Passamaquoddy (Quoddy) Bay and Downeast. The provincial government filed motions on January 16 and January 22 to intervene with the FERC, which will give them legal status in the review of the LNG projects. "I stated in September that, if elected, I would ensure New Brunswick's participation in the review process of these two LNG projects," said Premier Shawn Graham. By filing a motion to intervene and obtaining party status, the province will be placed on the service list maintained by the FERC secretary and will receive copies of all documents filed by all parties. Only parties to the proceeding can ask for court review of commission orders in the proceeding. The province will be acting on legal advice from a U.S. law firm with LNG regulatory expertise. "The Passamaquoddy Bay is a very valuable and ecologically unique area for New Brunswick," Graham said. "As interveners, we will ensure that the potential impacts of these projects on New Brunswick, be they environmental, economic or safety and security, are well understood and considered throughout the review process." Quoddy Bay LNG is proposing to build a facility at Pleasant Point in Maine. Downeast LNG is proposing to build a facility at Robbinston. Both projects would require LNG tankers to navigate through Canadian waters at Head Harbour Passage to offload the LNG.

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