"For much of the state of Maine, the environment is the economy"
2007 April 10
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE APRIL 10, 2007
Contact: Attorney Ronald Kreisman 207-626-0248
AUGUSTA, Me. A group of concerned residents today called on the Maine Board of Environmental Protection to reject an application filed by Downeast LNG to build a liquefied natural gas terminal in Robbinston.
In filing a motion for denial with the board (see attached), the residents say that in its race to capture a portion of the highly competitive natural gas market, Downeast LNG has failed to meet the basic requirements put forth by state regulators. Those thresholds exist to avoid “wasting time and scarce public resources in reviewing applications designed merely to gain speculative marketplace advantage,” the residents note.
The motion was filed by attorneys Ronald Shems, Rebecca Boucher and Ronald Kreisman on behalf of Nulankeyutmonen Nkihtahkomikumon (We Take Care of Our Land); Save Passamaquoddy Bay; Fundy North Fishermen’s Association; and Fundy Weir Fishermen’s Association. The motion would not preclude Downeast LNG from refiling a future application.
Downeast LNG is one of more than 17 U.S. competitors vying for limited development licenses to establish LNG import terminals along the East Coast.
In its filing, the group calls on the Board to reject Downeast LNG’s application based on:
“In sum, Downeast LNG has failed to demonstrate that it has met any of these three requirements for BEP to go forward at this time with further application review,” the group says. “While it is up to Downeast LNG to decide whether to participate in the permit race, participation before the BEP must be according to Maine law, and presently it is not.”
“Simply put, Downeast LNG jumped the gun,” the residents conclude.
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