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No word on extension for input on wind farm south of Martha’s Vineyard

“The project team hasn’t heard anything from (the Interior Department’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management) as the agency remains shuttered,” Vineyard Wind spokesman Scott Farmelant said. An email to a spokeswoman for the bureau generated an automatic response that she is out of the office and not authorized to work at this time because of the shutdown.

NEW BEDFORD — As deadlines near for public comment on state and federal environmental reviews of Vineyard Wind’s proposed offshore wind energy project, the federal cutoff of Tuesday remains up in the air due to the ongoing partial government shutdown.
“The project team hasn’t heard anything from (the Interior Department’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management) as the agency remains shuttered,” Vineyard Wind spokesman Scott Farmelant said.
An email to a spokeswoman for the bureau generated an automatic response that she is out of the office and not authorized to work at this time because of the shutdown.
As the lead federal permitting agency for what could be the country’s first industrial-sized offshore wind farm, the bureau issued a draft environmental impact statement Dec. 7 on Vineyard Wind’s construction and operations plan. Public comments were then welcome for at least 45 days, through Tuesday , as the agency prepares a final version of the document.
The environmental report is intended to assess the potential environmental, social, economic, historic, and cultural effects of Vineyard Wind’s 800-megawatt offshore wind energy facility planned... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  
NEW BEDFORD — As deadlines near for public comment on state and federal environmental reviews of Vineyard Wind’s proposed offshore wind energy project, the federal cutoff of Tuesday remains up in the air due to the ongoing partial government shutdown.
 
“The project team hasn’t heard anything from (the Interior Department’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management) as the agency remains shuttered,” Vineyard Wind spokesman Scott Farmelant said.
 
An email to a spokeswoman for the bureau generated an automatic response that she is out of the office and not authorized to work at this time because of the shutdown.
 
As the lead federal permitting agency for what could be the country’s first industrial-sized offshore wind farm, the bureau issued a draft environmental impact statement Dec. 7 on Vineyard Wind’s construction and operations plan. Public comments were then welcome for at least 45 days, through Tuesday , as the agency prepares a final version of the document.
 
The environmental report is intended to assess the potential environmental, social, economic, historic, and cultural effects of Vineyard Wind’s 800-megawatt offshore wind energy facility planned south of Martha’s Vineyard.
 
Vineyard Wind officials are encouraging anyone who wishes to comment on the draft statement to do so as soon as possible in light of the official deadline Tuesday. As of Monday, 38 comments had been documented as submitted on the document.
 
Another key date for public comment on the project is Friday, the deadline for comments on a state environmental review of Vineyard Wind’s high-voltage cable, which would run underwater from the proposed wind farm to the Cape shoreline and ultimately connect to the region’s electricity grid at a new substation off Independence Drive in Barnstable.
 
The company filed its final environmental impact report on that portion of the work Dec. 18 with the state Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, which opened the public comment period.
 
To comment on the federal draft environmental impact statement for Vineyard Wind, go to regulations.gov and search for BOEM-2018-0069-0001
 
To see the final environmental report on the high-voltage cable for the project, go to bit.ly/2SUaOzC
 
To comment on the cable project report, email state environmental analyst Purvi Patel at purvi.patel@mass.gov
 
Massachusetts Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Matthew Beaton is expected to issue a certificate on the state report Feb. 1.
 
The timing for the start of the $2 billion project is important to the company, which plans to start construction this year to take advantage of a one-time federal investment tax credit program for large-scale offshore and land wind projects.

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JAN 22 2019
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