BOEM Looks for Public Comments on Planned Offshore Wind Farm (USA)

 

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is seeking public comments as it considers the potential effects of wind energy leasing activities on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) offshore Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

In accordance with the requirements of Section 106 of the National Hi storic Preservation Act, BOEM is consulting with interested parties and members of the public who share concerns about historic properties that might be affected by proposed commercial leasing on the OCS. The area of concern is within the Area of Mutual Interest (AMI) as described by a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Governors of Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

¬†“As we work toward offshore wind energy development, we must protect our nation’s historical and cultural resources,” said BOEM Director Tommy P. Beaudreau. “We encourage stakeholders to provide us with this important information so that we can ensure that offshore wind projects proceed in the right way, in the right places.”

BOEM is planning to conduct an Environmental Assessment (EA) as part of its “Smart from the Start” initiative to facilitate efficient and environmentally-responsible development of renewable energy resources on the OCS. This Section 106 review is being conducted in coordination with the EA. The bureau is conducting both of these activities to evaluate the potential impacts that issuing renewable energy leases and conducting site assessment activities – such as the installation and operation of meteorological towers and buoys – could have on historic properties. Any leases that may be issued will not authorize construction or operations of commercial wind energy projects; specific proposed projects will undergo appropriate environmental review and analysis with additional opportunities for public comment.

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Source: boem, October 28, 2011