(AP) – Canada has told the United States it won’t allow liquefied natural gas tankers through tricky Canadian waters to get to liquefied natural gas terminals that are
being proposed on the Maine side of Passamaquoddy Bay.
Michael Wilson, Canada’s ambassador in Washington, expressed the government’s formal opposition in a letter sent yesterday to the chairman of the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
In his letter, Wilson described Head Harbor Passage as sovereign Canadian waters and an environmentally sensitive area that is challenging to navigate.
He said allowing tankers longer than 900 feet into the passage is an environmental risk that Canada can’t accept.
The letter comes as FERC is preparing for hearings on two proposed LNG terminals in Maine.
Downeast LNG is looking to build a plant in Robbinston, while Quoddy Bay LNG wants to build a terminal on the Passamaquoddy Tribe’s reservation at Pleasant Point.