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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