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Maine's Final LNG Proposal Tossed by Federal Regulators

ROBBINSTON, Maine - The final proposal for a liquefied natural gas terminal in Down East Maine has quietly faded away.

Federal regulators have terminated the application by Downeast LNG because of inactivity. The proposal could be resubmitted later, but it'd have to start over from the beginning.

The proposal's demise shows just how much the energy picture has changed in little more than a decade.

Back then, about a dozen informal proposals were floated for LNG terminals in Maine.

One of them, a joint partnership with the Passamquoddy Indians, was rejected by federal regulators in 2008. Another one, Calais LNG, was rejected in 2012.

Downeast LNG proposed an import-export terminal in Robbinston. There was no immediate response to a message left for the company.