Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Calais LNG Seeks to Postpone Hearing


07/13/2010 04:26 PM ET

The company says it needs more time to gather information prior to a Board of Environmental Protection hearing on its proposal for a liquified natural gas terminal in Calais, which was scheduled for next week.

A company that wants to build a $1 billion liquefied natural gas terminal in Calais today asked state officials to postone a hearing on the project scheduled for next week in Washington County, the Portland Press Herald reports.

Calais LNG has sent a letter to Maine's Board of Environmental Protection asking that the hearing on its state environmental permit be put off until after September 1, the paper reports. The company says it needs more time to get "certain relevant information" to the board and to the Department of Environmental Protection.

The company has asked the board to respond to its request by 5 p.m. tomorrow, the paper reports. The board has been preparing for a week-long hearing on the application. About 100 witnesses have been scheduled to testify. Two public hearings have been set for Calais and Eastport, the paper reports.

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