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group was incorporated in April 2006 by citizens of
Charlotte County, New Brunswick who are fighting
proposals by American companies to construct LNG
terminals along the Maine coast of Passamaquoddy Bay at
the mouth of the Bay of Fundy. SBP/C is part of a
three-nation alliance in this effort along with SPB/USA
and the Passamaquoddy
(We Protect Our Homeland).
Passamaquoddy Bay and the passages that link it with the
Bay of Fundy – Head Harbour Passage, L’Etete Passage and
Western Passage – and the associated West Isles
archipelago are truly unique in beauty,
marine life, tides, and cultural richness. The first
French settlement in North America was here; one of
Canada’s first marine research stations is here;
Canada’s first seaside resort is here; tourism and
fishing continue to flourish here. The list is long and
tankers and their cargo will have to go through some of
the most difficult
waters on the east coast of North
America to get to the two formally proposed terminals.
The security requirements for
include large exclusion zones around the tankers
as they pass through our waters.
Disruption is a mild word for what this will mean for
fisherman, tour operators, and boaters. While the
potentially devastating accident zones
Canadian and American
communities, two-thirds of the affected population is
Canadian. There are many
environmental, social, security, sovereignty and
economic issues. The shortest argument is that this is
probably the most unsuitable place imaginable for such a
and for heavy industry.
Establishing LNG terminals along
the Maine coast of Passamaquoddy Bay
will destroy our fisheries,
aquaculture and tourism
industries which are here now and which have sustained
this area for centuries. The only reason the LNG
promoters are in Downeast Maine is that
several other Maine communities
further down the coast have said no to LNG terminals.
are in the battle of our lives for the future of this
area. The Governments of Canada and New Brunswick, as
well as all Charlotte County municipalities have taken
strong stands against these LNG terminals. But everyone
recognizes that it is imperative for a citizens’ group
to be engaged and make sure
that position prevails in the end.
SPB/C is willing to do the ‘heavy lifting’—but we need
your help to do it.
Learn more about the
issues and how you can help on this website.