Research Center

Tourism" Maine's Largest Industry
Tourism dollars are essential to state’s economy BDN business page

A new approach to economic growth for Maine BDN business page, 2012 ..."old strategies will generate like results. For example, adding a huge LPG tank on our coastline in Searsport will generate a few jobs. On the other hand, adding a waterfront attraction or theme park likely will generate hundreds of jobs and thousands and thousands of tourists."

Tourism Powers Maine's Economy State Report, 2006 "ONE IN FIVE In 2006, tourism supported the equivalent of one in five Maine jobs, and one in five dollars in sales generated throughout the Maine economy."   "ONE IN FIVE In 2006, about one-fifth of state sales tax revenues were directly or indirectly attributable to tourism. Adding income and fuel taxes, state government received approximately $429 million tourism-related tax dollars."

Maine Ahead: Business Rountable
  • "Tourism dollars in Maine have a $7.7 billion economic impact and generate $414 million in tax revenues. It employs, directly and indirectly, about 108,000 workers."
  • Have you measured the return on investment from the Maine Office of Tourism’s marketing budget? "Last time it was calculated, it was about eight to one."
  • What is the basic demographic of a Maine visitor? "The average age is mid-40s; average household income, $102,000 to $105,000. About 70% have college degrees; 55% to 58% are married. But we target more geographically. Our primary focus is the greater Boston metro area and a bit farther west, and down into New York."
  • Can you quantify the importance of tourism in Maine? "It’s a $2.6 billion industry, strictly on meals and lodging revenues alone. If you throw in recreation and the indirect impacts of transportation and those kinds of things, it’s about $7.7 billion." Carolann Ouellette • Maine Office of Tourism, 2012

Originality’ is Maine’s new tourism calling card  BDN 2013  "If the money spent by all tourists in Maine were to drop by 15 percent, the average Maine household would see a tax increase of about $113 to maintain government services at current levels."
Without reservation | Maine's tourism industry needs an aggressive business focus to survive " In 2009, jobs in leisure and hospitality numbered 60,000 and generated $1.5 billion in wages."
Charles Lawton: Tourism leads Maine out of the recession  Portland Press, 2011  

Visitor Tracking Research Summer Report 2012    Visitor tracking research 2011    Traveler Segmentation Study indepth look at traveler demographic

Brief History of the Maine Economy, MSPO  "As early as 1872, the State was becoming a tourist attraction. Maine’s mild summers, hundreds of clear lakes, and long rocky coastline interspersed with miles of beaches, spurred the development of resorts and summer cottages.... Tourism has continued to be a major force in Maine’s economic development, perhaps in part because the State’s slower population growth following the Civil War enabled her to retain much of that special quality which brought those first visitors."

A Citizen's Guide to the NEPA Having Your Voice Heard

CHAPTER NUMBER AND TITLE: Ch. 1, Bylaws, Administration, and the Energy Infrastructure Proposal and Review Process
COMMENT DEADLINE: 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, 2012 BRIEF SUMMARY: The proposed rule establishes the bylaws, administration and the energy infrastructure proposal and review process for the Interagency Review Panel, which was established by P.L. 2009, Ch. 655 to oversee the use of statutory corridors for energy infrastructure projects.

*The proposed storage tank project includes a 75-feet tall emergency propane flare that will burn up to 500 hours a year, according to the DCP application. Factoid- The Flare is going to fire at 234,000,000 btus/hr. While it is firing, it would be using the equivalent of 2340 household heating systems! That's 10 percent of all the homes heated in the State with propane.

Softshell Clam Survey of Upper Penobscot Bay, 1966-67  Long Cove, Searsport Harbor, Sears Island, Stockton Springs

Connect the DOTs A special report by David Cole, former commissioner of the Maine DOT and the former CEO of the Eastern Maine Development Corporation (EMDC).

Searsport to Bangor Corridor Management Plan is a key regional link to the Maine Department of Transportation’s (MaineDOT) long-range transportation plan, Connecting Maine.

Air Quality

DCP's Air Permit Application Acceptance Notice
DESCRIPTION: Application for new air emission license for proposed propane terminal; equipment includes three propane fired heaters, an emergency generator, a fire pump and an emergency flare.
2. Maine DEP's minor source permitting page: (links are all broken - this is problem from launch of DEP's new web system)
3. DEP Air Emissions License- Oct. 27th, 2011
See also other DEP Air regulations at, which omits chapter 115.
4. Public Input.
A. Notice of Application:
Pursuant to 06-096 CMR, ch. 115, § (2)(D), the applicant must publish public notice of the air emission application prior to filing with DEP (so it would have been in April-May) and must file a copy of the application at the Searsport Town hall. There should also be a copy of the site law permit application at the Town hall.
The permit application must list ambient air quality conditions, areas that are in non-attainment, and the relevant BACT standards that apply.
B. Draft Permit:
Pursuant to 06-096 CMR, ch. 115, § (2)(K), the applicant and Department must publish notice of availability of draft license and allow 30 days for public comment, including, if requested, a public hearing.
5. BACT Guidelines - download from NESCAUM at

Industry Information

Intertanko describes LPG shipping industry (pdf). Intertanko is the interest group for tanker ship owners
U.S. Natural Gas Exports: New Opportunities   -"As estimates for the amount of U.S. natural gas resources have grown, so have the prospects of rising U.S. natural gas exports. —"


  • Public Safety Impacts of DCP Midstream LPG Tank Proposal by Randall Parr

  • Accidents

    MPSC Directs Staff to Investigate DCP Midstream, LP Natural Gas Pipeline Incidents
    Contact: Judy Palnau (517) 241-3323
      *September 13, 2011*
    The Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) today directed the MPSC staff to conduct an investigation into a series of incidents where pressure in a 20-inch pipeline operated by DCP Midstream, LP, (DCP) exceeded the maximum allowable operating pressure (MAOP) and to file a report.
    On Aug. 3, the company's Bay Area pipeline experienced a pressure increase to 630 pounds per square inch (psi), exceeding the MAOP of 595 psi.
    Pressure also exceeded the MAOP by greater than 10 percent on July 30.  Further investigation showed that although the excess pressure was
    detected, there was no visual or audible signal alerting the operator of the pipeline condition, as required by the federal and state gas safety standards
    The company on Aug. 4, sent a safety related condition report to the U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety
    Administration (PHMSA), as required by the federal and state gas safety standards. The MPSC was also notified.
    Today's order directs the MPSC staff to conduct an investigation into the incidents and DCP's response activities. To facilitate prompt resolution,
    the MPSC directed DCP to file an initial report regarding these incidents by 5 p.m. on Sept. 30. At the conclusion of its investigation, the MPSC will file a report in this docket. At the conclusion of the process, the Commission may direct remedial action to be undertaken by DCP.
    The MPSC also directed DCP to:
    - provide gas to Consumers Energy Company's Karn-Weadock power plant on a limited basis only, with operating personnel on-site at the Kawkawlin
    station to monitor the pressure, effective immediately, until further order of the MPSC; and
    - reduce the pressure in the upstream pipeline that feeds the Bay Area pipeline, effective immediately, until further order of the MPSC.

    The MPSC is an agency within the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.
      Case No. U-16866

    Previous LNG Information
    *Below are working archived links of FOIA documents for the 2003-2005 Sears Island/LNG episode. *
    *MOST but not all of these work,* Courtesy of the Internet Archive *
    When they don't work *you'll see a bar at the top of the webpage with "2 captures" or "3 captures " and to the right of it a red bar and a black
    bar or bars. *Click on one of the black bars and the FOA document will appear.*
    Table of contents<>
    December 03 to March 04 Freedom of Access Law request to Governor
    office .
    December 2003 to March 2004 Freedom of Access law request to Jack Cashman
    of Economic & Community Development
    April to June 2004 Freedom of Access Law request to Governor Baldacci<>
    requesting all LNG related files (this one the 1st section on LNG security doesn't work, but the rest do).
    June 25, 2004 to September 29, 2004 Freedom of Access Law request to Governor Baldacci<> re LNG files
    * Remember!* when a link misfires, click on the black bar and not the red bar up at the top of the webpage, to the right of the "2 captures " or "three
    captures" phrases, and it will then work.


    Curing Maine's Addiction to Heating Oil

    Energy Fact Check

    Maine has 10th highest electricity prices in the nation
    • 15.51 cents per KWH
    • US average is: 11.75cents per KWH
    • Almost 50% higher than average.

    Maine has Lowest Heating Oil Prices in the Nation
    • Average for the US: $2.79
    • Maine: $2.57
    Source: DOE; EIA - April 2010.

    Maine has the 15th highest Natural Gas price in the nation
    Volatility in commodity prices caused by institutional investors affects all commodities including natural gas. 3 years ago, The Maine PUC testified that our State’s extremely high electricity prices were directly related to the then extremely high natural gas generated electricity. Today Natural gas prices are relatively low. We still however have one of the highest electricity prices in the country.

    Recent assessments have claimed that Maine has the 6th highest, this is from a dated EIA report

    Maine Energy Quick Facts Source: US DOE – EIA State profiles

    The Port of Portland receives crude oil shipments, which it then sends via pipeline to refineries in Quebec and Ontario. About three-quarters of Maine’s households – the highest share in the Nation – use fuel oil for home heating. Maine generates a larger share of its electricity from nonhydroelectric renewable resources than any other State. Maine is the only New England State in which industry is the leading energy-consuming sector. Maine has the highest wood and wood waste power generation capacity in the United States

    80% of Maine homes primary heat source is Heating Oil
    Home Heating (share of households) Maine, U.S. Avg.
    Source: US 2000 census
    Maine, U.S.
    Natural Gas:4%, 51.2% br>Fuel Oil:80%, 9.0% br>Electricity:4%, 30.3% br>Propane:5%, 6.5% br>Other/None:7%,1.8% ,

    Crude Oil Imports and Exports
    • US imports 60% of its total crude used
    • US produces 40% of its total crude used
    • The US imports crude from over 100 countries

    Heating Oil = 1.7% of all petroleum used in the U.S.
    • Only 1.7% of the total amount of oil used in the US is used for heating oil.
    • Maine’s share of heating oil used nationally = 6%.
    6% of 1.7% = 0.1%
    • One tenth of a percent of US oil consumption is used as heating oil in Maine.

    Source-Maine Energy's Marketers Association