OPPOSITION: Natural Resources Council of Maine; Local citizens
BACKGROUND: The developers proposed a $1.5 billion 700-megawatt coal gasification plant in Wiscasset, Maine on the site of a decommissioned nuclear plant. To proceed, the developer needed a zoning change to allow a 230-foot tall building at the plant site. However, on November 6, 2007, voters rejected the zoning amendment sought by the company, effectively blocking the company from pursuing the coal plant. The project was fiercely opposed by local environmentalists and lobster fishermen, who argued that coal barges coming and going would severely decrease the areas the lobstermen could fish in and disrupt their fishing. Subsequently, the Maine legislature passed a law prohibiting coal gasification plants until the State promulgates CO2 sequestration regulations, a process that could take until 2011 or longer.
LAST UPDATED: November 23, 2010