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FERC eLibrary
Downeast LNG Export Proposal
Pre-filing Comments List

2015 June

Docket Number PF14-19

Listed here in Ascending Date Order by Date Posted to FERC eLibrary.
NOTE: The Docket List on the FERC website is in Date Order by Date Filed, rather than by Date Posted.

Color Key: Project Developer, Contractors & Supporters
Project Opponents
Project Neutral
Unknown, non-public comments

2015 June

Listed here in Ascending Date Order by Posted Date, rather than by Filed Date to FERC eLibrary.
NOTE: The Docket List on the FERC website is in Date Order by Date Filed, rather than by Date Posted.

Jun 2

Filed By: Downeast Liquefaction, Inc. Downeast LNG, Inc. Downeast Pipeline, LLC
Filed Date: 6/1/2015
Accession No: 20150601-5334
Description: Downeast Liquefaction, Inc., et. al. submits a Draft Resource Report 3 for the Downeast LNG Export Project under PF14-19.
Information: FILE LIST

Summary: This supplements the Resource Report 3 for the import-only project. The potential impacts on fish, wildlife, and vegetation due to a bidirectional import-export LNG terminal and pipeline are indicated. Impacts only from an import facility are omitted. Downeast LNG concludes that construction and operating noise would have no advers impact on shorebird use of Mill Cove. They basically conclude no change in impacts to species in the terminal and pipeline areas.

Save Passamaquoddy Bay's observation:

The decline in the number of shorebirds counted during 2006, 2007 and 2014 surveys (Table 3-2) may be indicative of a) normal variation, or b) need for greater concern regarding protecting this habitat area. Lower numbers in 2014 may not be indicative of lower habitat significancey .

Surveys by Stantec used Baring, Maine, weather station information to ensure that temperatures at Mill Cove remained above 50°F, that precipitation did not occur for more than 30 minutes, and that sustained wind speed did not exceed 9 miles per hour during the first 5 hours of each survey night. As anyone familiar with the area knows, there can be considerable weather differences between Baring and Robbinston.

Few, to no, lobsters, few Jonah crabs, and eight flounder were observed in the proposed pier area during September–November dive surveys..


Jun 3

Filed By: Save Passamaquoddy Bay
Filed Date: 6/3/2015
Accession No: 20150603-5158
Description: Weather data collection vs actual weather conditions, comment of Save Passamaquoddy Bay under PF14-19
Information: FILE LIST

Summary: Downeast LNG's bird count data by Stantec is seriously flawed. Stantec used Baring weather data as if it were the same as at Mill Cove. The bird count paradigm required temperatures not be below 50°F, that fog & precipitation not exceed a certain length of time, and wind not exceed 9 miles per hour. Anyone familiar with coastal weather conditions versus inland conditions knows that temperature, fog, and wind can vary considerably between the two locations. Indicating that temperatures were higher than actual, that wind was less, and that fog was less than actual conditions could result in lower shorebird counts at Mill Cove than would occur during conditions under which bird counts were supposed to occur. That would result in improperly favorable conditions for Downeast LNG. The bird count study should be redone, using actual Mill Cove weather data, not data from 10 miles inland.


Jun 12

Filed By: Downeast LNG, Inc. Downeast Liquefaction, LLC Downeast Pipeline, LLC
Filed Date: 6/12/2015
Accession No: 20150612-5127
Description: Downeast Liquefaction, LLC, et. al. submits its Monthly Pre-Filing Status Report No. 10 for the period of May 11, 2015 - June 10, 2015 under PF14-19.
Information: FILE LIST

Summary: Although this is Monthly Status Report No. 10, the Introduction refers to it as Monthly Status Report No. 9, for 2015 May 11–Jun10. There is basically nothing significant in the report.


Jun 18

Filed Date: 6/18/2015
Accession No: 20150618-4007
Description: Correspondence from US Department of Homeland Security to Downeast LNG Inc. re the Downeast Liquefied Natural Gas' Project under PF14-19.
Information: FILE LIST

Summary: Since Downeast LNG's export proposal does not increase the number or type of ships that would transit local waters, the Coast Guard Captain of the Port does not require Downeast LNG to provide a new Waterway Suitability Analysis.


Jun 24

Filed Date: 6/24/2015
Accession No: 20150624-4002
Description: Bi-Weekly Conference Call dated 6/22/15 re the Downeast LNG Export Project under PF14-19.
Information: FILE LIST

Summary: Downeast LNG is working on draft Resource Report 1. FERC will soon be issuing a project update mailer. FERC will be issuing questions and comments that Downeast LNG must address in the final Resource Reports. FERC asked Downeast LNG if "agency concurrence" can be obtained regarding the 2014 and 2015 eelgrass surveys.


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