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Hope Island, Maine

STATUS: Killed

TYPE: Natural Gas

OPPOSITION: Environmental groups, local residents


BACKGROUND: After Maine Governor John Baldacci signaled an interest in developing liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects in the state, TransCanada Corporation sought to build an LNG terminal on Hope Island, a privately-owned island in Maine's Casco Bay. TransCanada decided on Hope Island after losing its bid to build an LNG facility in nearby Harpswell. The Hope Island project would use 30-40 acres of the island and would consist of two tanks, four or five auxiliary buildings, and a port for tankers to dock. The project would cost $350 million.

In June 2004, the town council of Cumberland, Maine, voted six-to-one to move forward with the initiative. Opponents cited negative impacts on fishing and residents' quality of life. Opposition from local residents and environmental groups was so heated—with some threatening secession and over 150 people packing the council meeting—that one week later, the council reversed course and voted to abandon the project by a five-to-two margin.

SOURCES: Chebeague Island News: http://www.chebeague.org/news2004.htm1;
LNG in World Markets:  http://www.poten.com/Opinion.aspx?id=2614;
Portland Press-Herald (no longer available online).

Last Updated: November 23, 2010