Canadian Government Opposes LNG Vessel Transit in Head Harbor Passage

The Canadian ambassador to the United States has informed FERC that his government formally has decided to oppose LNG vessel transit through Canadian waters en route to the proposed Downeast and Quoddy Bay LNG terminals in Maine. In a letter dated yesterday, Michael Wilson asserted that, based on the results of a navigational safety and environmental study commissioned by the Canadian government, LNG ships cannot safely navigate Head Harbor Passage. “We are therefore prepared to use domestic legal means to address our concerns and prevent such passage from occurring,” he said. In response to Wilson’s letter, Downeast LNG president Dean Girdis said that he remains committed to developing the terminal despite Ottawa’s opposition. A Quoddy Bay LNG spokesperson refrained from commenting on the letter. The Associated Press article is carried via The Boston Globe.  The Ambassador’s letter can be found here.

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