Fairwinds Suspends Harpswell LNG Project

TransCanada and ConocoPhillips will suspend further work in Harpswell, Maine on the Fairwinds liquefied natural gas (LNG) project. Yesterday, the residents of Harpswell voted against leasing the former U.S. Navy Fuel Depot site in the community for the purpose of building an LNG regasification facility.

Despite the outcome of this vote, there remains a critical need for reliable, new sources of natural gas in the northeast United States. Both companies are committed to pursuing opportunities to deliver clean and safe LNG supply to the northeast United States. "Although we are disappointed with the results, we respect the choice of the people of Harpswell regarding their decision," said Peter Micciche, Fairwinds Stakeholder Relations Manager. "Over the past six months we were committed to listening to those affected by the project and felt we developed a lease that addressed their major concerns.

"We've enjoyed the opportunity to spend the past few months becoming acquainted with so many good people in Harpswell," Micciche continued. "We'd like to extend a heartfelt thanks for their New England hospitality. We have also grown to appreciate the unique qualities of the town and wish the community of Harpswell success in the future," said Micciche.

On September 18, 2003, TransCanada and ConocoPhillips presented plans for the Fairwinds LNG project to the Board of Selectmen at a public meeting. A detailed public information program to inform Harpswell residents and to solicit their views about the Fairwinds project followed.