How LePage plans to fast-track natural gas expansion
Posted Feb. 15, 2013, at 3:49 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 15, 2013, at 5:10 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — In his State of the State address, Gov. Paul LePage committed to “fast track” permitting for the state’s natural gas delivery infrastructure in the same way his predecessor, Gov. John Baldacci, did for wind power projects.
One element of the fast-track framework, modeled after the 2009 Maine Wind Energy Act, would establish in state law numeric goals for installed natural gas capacity. If incremental benchmarks for the expansion of natural gas capacity become part of state law, companies seeking environmental permits, Maine Department of Transportation and local approval could benefit by showing how their projects would push the state closer to meeting goals established in state law, as is the case now with wind energy, Woodcock said.
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