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Many Canadian political leaders in
All these projects are highly dependent upon exports to the
Within this context, the state of
Given this support, the recent actions of both the provincial and federal governments against an open and transparent review of our proposed LNG project in
The latter statement is a surprising conclusion, since ships presently transiting
The Canadian position is not based on any documented concerns about safety, the environment, or the principles of international law governing rights of innocent passage through Head Harbour Passage, a waterway that is used consistently by ships traveling to
And this issue is not about LNG anymore. It is about the right of innocent passage and freedom of navigation. It is about
We are especially disappointed that the Canadian government is trying to stop our project before it has had its proper review in accordance with
Interestingly, the provincial environmental review process for the Irving LNG facility drew a surprisingly simple conclusion from the
And here is something else to think about. The Atlantic Institute for Market Studies of Halifax recently completed a study, Casting a Cold Eye on LNG: The Real Possibilities and Pitfalls for Atlantic Canada (January 2006), that reached some stark conclusions.
First, “without access to
The Downeast LNG project will provide a much needed source of clean-burning natural gas to
Some Canadian politicians have suggested that we move the project to another part of
Canadians have a well-deserved reputation for fairness and for being good neighbours with the
Dean Girdis is President of Downeast LNG.