BREAKING NEWS: Calais LNG Application Dismissed by FERC.

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Word has just been received that Calais LNG, a group that proposed building an LNG terminal at Devil’s Head In the St. Croix River Estuary, has just had it’s application dismissed by the Federal Environment Regulatory Commission. The full text of the email follows. More at:

http://elibrary.ferc.gov/idmws/file_list.asp?accession_num=20120404-3031

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Seal of the United States Federal Energy Regul...

FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20426
OFFICE OF ENERGY PROJECTS

In Reply Refer To:
OEP/DPC/CB1
Calais Pipeline Company, LLC
Calais LNG Project Company, LLC
Docket Nos. CP10-31-000 and
CP10-32-000
18 C.F.R. § 375.308(x) (3)

April 4, 2012
Arthur W. Gelber
712 Main Street
Suite 1710
Houston, TX 77002

Ian Emery
Calais Pipeline Company, LLC
Calais LNG Project Company, LLC
1863 Cutler Road
Cutler, ME 04626

Dear Mssrs. Gelber and Emery:

On December 14, 2010, approximately one year after filing its application with the Commission seeking authorization to construct and operate the Calais LNG Project, Calais withdrew its site location and other environmental permit applications pending before the Maine Board of Environmental Protection due to issues regarding project financing and the resultant loss of title, right and interest in the project site. At that time, and twice thereafter, Calais was asked to provide Commission staff with status updates regarding the project, including the availability of a site for the project.

To date, 15 months later, Calais has yet to acquire either project financing or legal access to a project site. Based on your latest update, Calais still has not secured its proposed site through purchase or an option to purchase and anticipates that evaluation by potential financing partners will continue for at least six additional months. Your continued inability to secure either financing or a site for the project is evidence that you are not currently in a position to proceed with this project.

Therefore, in accordance with section 157.8(c) of the Commission’s regulations, I
am dismissing your application for the construction and operation of an LNG import
terminal in Docket No. CP10-31-000.

In addition, I am dismissing Calais Pipeline 20120404-3031 FERC PDF (Unofficial) 04/04/2012
Docket Nos. CP10-31-000 and CP10-32-000 – 2 -Company, LLC’s application for the construction and operation of the Calais pipeline and related requests in Docket No. CP10-32-000, as they are dependent on the application in
Docket No. CP10-31-000.

This dismissal is without prejudice to Calais LNG filing a new application in the
future if Calais LNG is able to obtain financing and appropriate property rights in the
project site.

Sincerely,
Jeff Wright
Director
Office of Energy Projects
cc: All Parties
Public files – Docket Nos. CP10-31-000 and CP10-32-000
George H. (Greg) Williams, Jr.
Bracewell & Giuliani LLP
2000 K Street, N.W., Suite 500
Washington, DC 20006
Susan M. Lessard, Chair
c/o Terry Dawson
Maine Board of Environmental Protection
17 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333
Peggy Bensinger,
Assistant Attorney General
Office of the Maine Attorney General
6 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333
20120404-3031 FERC PDF (Unofficial) 04/04/2012
Docket Nos. CP10-31-000 and
CP10-32-000 – 3 –
Alan Moore
U.S. Coast Guard
Sector Northern New England
259 High Street
South Portland, Maine 04106


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