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The EIA reports no oil or gas resources in Maine.


Background

Before U.S. and Canadian moratoriums were put in place to protect the fishing grounds. Five oil wells were drilled offshore on the U.S. side of Georges Bank in 1981 and 1982.[1]

Citizen activism

In May 2015 Rockland residents raised environmental concerns at natural gas forum about Rockland Energy Center, a subsidiary of Energy Management's proposed natural gas fired power plant. Community members expressed their concerns about the plant would be powered by gas that would come from fracking.[2]

Timber and Fracking

The Associated Press reports that fracking is a cause of the high price of firewood in the Northeast. Well pads construct mats made of hardwood logs.[3]

Offshore

November 2015 Shell Canada began drilling two wells an off coast of Maine and Nova Scotia in Canadian waters. Statoil and Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum planning oil drilling off the coast of Maine, near Shell's lease also in Canadian waters.[4]

Legislative issues and regulations

Industry groups

The Portland Press Herald reported that Colorado-based Summit Natural Gas of Maine spending millions on on advertising on web, print, radio, TV to assuage fears among Main homeowners of hydraulic fracturing and to forward the idea natural gas it is safe, reliable, and priced fairly. It wanted customers to foot the cost of that campaign. The company has told the Public Utilities Commission that advertising aimed at buyers is in their "best interest." Bill Black, general counsel at the Maine Office of Public Advocate, challenged is seeking justifications to why Summit Natural Gas can recover their advertising costs by natural gas customers.[5]

Resources

References

  1. "Nova Scotia approves oil exploration lease next to Georges Bank, entrance to Gulf of Maine" By Colin Woodard, Portland Press Herald, December 1, 2015.
  2. "Fracking contributes to firewood costs" By Stephen Betts, Bangor Daily News, May 26, 2015.
  3. "Fracking contributes to firewood costs" Associated Press, October 31, 2015.
  4. "Nova Scotia approves oil exploration lease next to Georges Bank, entrance to Gulf of Maine" By Colin Woodard, Portland Press Herald, December 1, 2015.
  5. "Summit Natural Gas wants customers to foot bill for ad campaign" By Tux Turkel, Portland Press Herald, May 14, 2015.

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