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Calais LNG Withdraws Application for Downeast Project 

Catherine Pegram

Calais LNG is withdrawing its application to the state to build a $1-billion liquefied natural gas terminal downeast. The company says it plans to re-file the paperwork at another time. Today’s announcement comes on the heels of a recommendation from the head of the Board of Environmental Protection to return the application to the company. After a nearly the year, Calais LNG’s project still wasn’t ready for review. The company was also asking the state for another extension and trying to shore up funding. The board was scheduled to vote on the recommendation Thursday. Ian Emery with North East Energy Development, which is invested in Calais LNG, says the company’s withdrawing the application with deep regret. He also says had it not been for the turbulent economy, Washington County would be well on its way to having an LNG facility. A staff member with the BEP says when the company’s ready to go ahead with the project, the application can be re-filed without penalty or prejudice.