Apr 22, 2009

Sears Island - the once and future LNG port plan?


In MaineBiz, reporter Mindy Favreau observes in a recent article that :
"So far, three lawsuits have been filed against the DOT, claiming the conservation easement between the DOT and the Maine Coast Heritage Trust violates state law and Maine’s Sensible Transportation Planning Act. Henshaw isn’t worried that lawsuits will keep the port from moving forward, since representatives from area towns and environmental groups participated in developing the Sears Island use plan."

What is outside of the box that MDOT is spinning over the eyes and ears of Maine media is a tale of Maine's most important commercial fishery at risk; of upper Penobscot Bay's thriving resort industry facing the prospect of, while the absentee profits accrue from a novel pont a to point b connection, the state epidemiologist must place a new diesel-funked hot spot on Maine's chronic respiratory ailments map as the ships, the trains, the trucks, the cranes drink deeply at their carbon drinks and flatulate in gratitude as they wait, unload, reload and head off by road, rail and by sea.

No, there is a downside to a Sears Island port for many of Maine's small biz businesses. Ms. Favreau relegates it, however to the bland statement:

"So far, three lawsuits have been filed against the DOT, claiming the conservation easement between the DOT and the Maine Coast Heritage Trust violates state law and Maine’s Sensible Transportation Planning Act"

Not surprising given its history, the Maine Port Authority considers its state of lawlessness to be "a relatively good position"

LNG wannabes could make a return visit to Sears Island, if their various downeast ventures fail to get approved; get a refresher of the dangers of that form of energy commerce.

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