Oklahoma-based Quoddy Bay LNG has lost its legal struggle to build a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal on sacred Indian ground between the US state of Maine and the Canadian province of New Brunswick.
After a five-year battle The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) cancelled a long term lease with the developer, ending its plan to construct a liquefied natural gas terminal on Passamaquoddy Bay.
The company had planned since 2005 to build a controversial LNG terminal and pipeline on a three-quarter acre portion of shoreline land owned by the Passamaquoddy Tribe.
The group Nulankeyutmonen Nkihtaqmikon, which means We take care of our land, argues that the massive industrial plant threatened to devastate both the delicate ecological balance of the area and the lands cultural and spiritual traditions. The land is located at a place called Split Rock on Passamaquoddy Bay that is used for traditional ceremonies, community events and recreation.
The Passamaquoddy tribal council signed a 50-year land lease in 2005 with Quoddy Bay LNG to allow the company to develop the terminal. The lease was approved the same year by the BIA. But after a number of twists and turns in the process, including Quoddy LNGs announcement in 2008 that it would postpone or withdraw its application from a state review process and stop quarterly lease payments to the tribe, the tribal council terminated the lease last June.