On Friday, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management released its Environmental Assessment for the Massachusetts
outer continental shelf offshore Wind Energy Area. The EA does
not permit construction of any turbines. It merely provides
the basis for issuance of leases, pursuant to which the
leaseholders would have the authority to perform the necessary
detailed environmental and feasibility studies to determine whether
to proceed with construction of turbines.
According to Greenwire, Jack Clarke of Mass
Audubon has already pretty much blessed the EA. While BOEM has
proposed an alternative that would eliminate approximately 25% of
the WEA to increase protection for Right Whales, the preferred
alternative remains to lease the entire WEA and, if I had to guess,
it looks as though BOEM will move forward to lease the entire
BOEM will take comments on the EA through December 3.
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