Maine is turning to Canada to boost natural gas supply

By The Associated Press

Maine Gov. Paul LePage says he's exploring the idea of expanding the state's natural gas supply with a pipeline from Canada because of stalled pipeline efforts to the south.

 

FALMOUTH, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Paul LePage says he's exploring the idea of expanding the state's natural gas supply with a pipeline from Canada because of stalled pipeline efforts to the south.

LePage is frustrated by a lack of progress in bringing more natural gas into Maine after a Massachusetts Supreme Court ruling last year. The court said electric utilities cannot pass on to Massachusetts ratepayers the cost of financing new natural gas pipelines.

WCSH-TV reports that LePage told a natural gas conference in Falmouth on Thursday that he's no longer pinning his hopes on natural gas from the south. Instead, he'd like to see a pipeline from Canada.

He first suggested the idea last year. The goal is to reduce or eliminate a supply bottleneck in the winter that causes energy price spikes.

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