QUODDY NEWS BRIEFS - JULY 30TH, 2005
Dateline August 1, 20051. INFORMATION KIOSK OPEN HOUSE, Sunday, July 31 at 4 pm.
The St. Croix EstuaryProject Inc.(SCEP) will be opening an information kiosk at the Adventure Centre located at thehead of the wharf in St. Andrews. Information about the the Quoddy Region and its importanceand value will be the theme. Organizations such as the Save Passamaquoddy Bay groups, NBConservation Council, Town of St. Andrews, and others are invited to have small exhibits. Thebuilding can also be used for meetings of small groups.
2. MOUNTAIN EQUIPMENT COMPANY (MEC) SUPPORTS HEAD HARBOUR RESEARCH.
SCEP is delighted toannounce we have received a $10,000 grant to do research on HeadHarbour Passage. This will allow us to bring together historical data, set up a summer research initiative (hopefully at the Head Harbour Lighthouse - we are currently talking to theBoard of Directors), engage the local community and begin the process of protecting this vitalnatural resource. MEC is an important corporation that champions the preservation of naturalareas that its customers enjoy and we view this as one of the most important awards we havereceived. We are seeking funding partners for this work. For more information, you cancontact me at email@example.com.
2. FERC NOW IN CONTROL
. As everyone now knows the Energy Bill allowing FERC to siteLNG terminals has passed and is on its way to the White House for the President's signature. As a consequence, any vote by the Robbinston Selectmen, The State of Maine, or other localregulators is "trumped" by this new provision. Nevertheless, it is clear that there will belitigation in some instances. From a Canadian perspective, there is little that we can do in thisregard, except to provide support to our US colleagues. (Be sure to read about conversationswith FERC in the St. Croix Courier, Tuesday's edition)
3. UN LAW OF THE SEA NOT YET PASSED THROUGH THE SENATE?
The UN Law of TheSea Treaty's right of "innocent passage" is much on everyone's mind. According to the UN:
April 2005 - The Law of the Sea Treaty was adopted by the United Nations in 1982 and entered into force in 1994. Although the United States played a lead role in drafting the treaty, theReagan Administration did not sign it due to concerns relating to certain deep seabed mining provisions. However, since the negotiations began in 1973, every US Administration hassupported the treaty in its entirety except for the deep seabed mining provisions, and theUnited States has accepted and complied with all other provisions of the treaty. In 1994, alegally-binding agreement altering the treaty was concluded, addressing all US concernsregarding deep seabed mining. The agreement was subsequently signed by the United Statesand must now receive the advice and consent of the Senate before it can be ratified by theUnited States.
Full text... As far as I can tell, there has not been any action on this recently. The last information I couldfind is from February, 2005 and it was still with the Senate and getting some flack. This bringsto question the rights of the USA in waters of signing states. Do they have any???? It soundslike they "supported the treaty", but did they sign it? This might be important. If anyone has ananswer , please let me know. Thanks.
4. TERRORISM CONCERNS
. I have received some information back from the Governor'smeeting in Connecticut and there will be some interesting news in the St. Croix Courier Tuesday. One thing that has emerged is concern that the Law of the Sea is weak relative tothe threat from terrorism. In addition, CANADA HAS OBLIGATIONS TO PROTECT ITSINTERESTS FROM TERRORISM AS WELL! The weak wording of the UNLOSC makesentrance of terrorists on foreign ships like LNG tankers a real concern. Within this context,these ships could be viewed as huge "floating bombs" and Canada, under the UNLOSC will