The Quoddy Bay liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in Maine apparently still has some life left despite hitting a major road block in March when the Town of Perry rejected a terminal location on Gleason Cove (see Daily GPI, March 30). Project planners have negotiated a new deal with the Passamaquoddy Native American tribe for an alternative site on tribal land at a place called Split Rock on the Pleasant Point reservation.

This site would have no strings attached, said Dennis Bailey, president of Savvy Inc., the public relations firm for project developer Quoddy Bay LLC. “It would not involve surrounding communities so there would be no referendum vote required. We think we can basically fit it all on reservation land so that we wouldn’t run into the problem we ran into last time where a piece of the property was controlled by the Town of Perry,” he said.

The eight-member tribal council is scheduled to vote on the new terminal location on Thursday, and Bailey said a positive vote is expected despite a decision last week by the council to delay a vote until this week.

He said the company isn’t too concerned that its exclusivity agreement with the tribe ran out on Saturday. “We don’t think it means much. We think the tribe and Quoddy Bay still want to move forward. So on Thursday if all goes well we think we’ll have a new agreement with a new location.

“There’s always going to be some opposition, but I think the company has come up with a good solution here that removes Gleason Cove from the equation, which was a problem for some of the members.

“There are going to be some significant differences though because at this point we don’t have enough space for LNG storage tanks,” he said. “But we think we’ll get [more land] in the future.”

Quoddy Bay apparently is considering paying LNG tankers to dock for three days rather than for 12 hours. That would allow more time for regasification and delivery into the pipeline grid and would avoid the need for onsite LNG storage.

“We think this is actually a better site than the other one in terms of less disruption to local fishermen,” said Bailey.

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