In 1982, the Tidal Power Corporation of Nova Scotia announced that the production of tidal power in-the Bay of Fundy is economically feasible.
The Maine Legislature, concerned about the rise in sea level predicted by the Nova Scotians' scientists, instructed the Maine State Planning Office to examine the consequences of Fundy tidal power development on the coast of Maine. The State Planning Office subsequently contracted with the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in West Boothbay Harbor to review existing scientific knowledge of these consequences, and to identify wha~ further research is needed better to understand them and their impacts. The Planning Office also formed a review committee of seven State natural resource agencies to comment upon the Bigelow Laboratory's work.
This report is the result of that effort. It is intended as a basis for further discussion among State and federal officials, the general public, and members of the scientific community, so that Maine may take a reasoned and informed approach to tidal power development in the Bay of Fundy.