CALAIS (AP) – Hearings on a controversial liquefied natural gas terminal in eastern Maine are under way and will continue through the rest of the week.

The Maine Board of Environmental Protection began hearings Monday for a proposed LNG terminal in Robbinston. In all, a total of seven hearings were scheduled through Friday.

About 70 people showed up at the first hearing at Calais High School to witness and participate in the cross-examination of Downeast LNG by intervenors, or legally recognized parties both for and against the proposed facility.

The BEP assumed jurisdiction in January over Downeast LNG’s proposed terminal in Robbinston, which would be capable of supplying up to 625 million cubic feet of natural gas a day to the Maritimes & Northeast pipeline.

Intervenors in the case include the town of Robbinston, Save Passamaquoddy Bay, Nulankeyutomonen Nkihtahkomikumon (We Take Care of Our Land), commercial fishing associations, Robbinston residents, Professional Mariners and Water Users of Passamaquoddy Bay, Quoddy Bay LNG-Bear Creek Investments, city of Eastport, Eastport Port Authority and Roosevelt Campobello International Park Commission.

The BEP is not expected to make a decision on the case until early winter.

Information from: Bangor Daily News,

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