FROM THE CROWE'S NEST
In their attempt to site an LNG facility in Gouldsboro the standard eight million dollar offer was on the table again. Calculating the amount of money generated by the five lobstering harbors on the Gouldsboro-Winter Harbor Peninsula for the previous year, I came up with a conservative estimate of $135 million generated into the local economy. Now, gambling a $135 million dollar local business against an $8 million offer doesnt sound like a good plan to me. Ask any lobsterman if a 1200-foot ship with 25-foot wide propellers, an escort fleet of up to 15 other boats and a thousand foot security perimeter wouldnt raise havoc with their gear. Obviously, the LNG bureaucrats have no concept of what fishing is about. They also have no understanding of the difference between a job and a way of life. Nor do they have a sense of community if they would put a communitys health and safety at risk.
So after three resounding defeats on building an LNG terminal under their belts they decided to bribe some of the poorest towns in the state. They offered the $8 million carrot to the Passamaquoddy Indian Nation. Someone likened this move to General Jeffrey Amherst when he approved distribution of small pox infected blankets to the Ottawa Indian Tribe in 1763.
According to Websters Dictionary the word best is defined as: most excellent; surpassing all others. To date all three of the sites they have proposed for an LNG facility have been described as the best site available on the coast. According to Webster having more than one best site is an oxymoron. Maybe these guys have been inhaling too much gas.
What part of NO does the LNG industry not understand?