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Long Island Opponents' Concerns Warranted

am empathetic to the concerns expressed by opponents of the Long Island wind farm brought to light by Mark Harrington in his contribution of September 22, 2006; ‘Wind farm reviewers: Comment period over.'
Editor's Note:Submitted to Newsday on 9/26/06.

To the Editor of Newsday:

I am empathetic to the concerns expressed by opponents of the Long Island wind farm brought to light by Mark Harrington in his contribution of September 22, 2006; ‘Wind farm reviewers: Comment period over.' [http://www.windaction.org/news/5286]

The Cape Wind project proposed for Nantucket Sound is under a similar evaluation by the Department of Interior MMS. This NEPA process should allow the public, agencies of state and federal government, tribes and others to have a voice and influence the outcome of the process.

Oil spill trajectory maps, (that show "greater than 90%" chance of reaching the shorelines of Nantucket Sound), in the event of an oil spill by Cape Wind, were just released by MMS. It is contestable that the Cape Wind scoping comment period ended before this information was released; when this report was completed in October of 2005. This delay of available information has the effect of silencing of agencies, tribes, tradesmen, as well as agencies of the state and federal government regarding this oil spill issue. According to a recent Cape Cod Times article, Mark Rodgers of Cape Wind said that this oil spill is a legitimate concern. Now, we as members of the public, trades, tribes and regulatory agencies, have missed the opportunity to present our concerns having been denied the opportunity to review this critically... [truncated due to possible copyright]  

To the Editor of Newsday:

I am empathetic to the concerns expressed by opponents of the Long Island wind farm brought to light by Mark Harrington in his contribution of September 22, 2006; ‘Wind farm reviewers: Comment period over.' [http://www.windaction.org/news/5286]

The Cape Wind project proposed for Nantucket Sound is under a similar evaluation by the Department of Interior MMS. This NEPA process should allow the public, agencies of state and federal government, tribes and others to have a voice and influence the outcome of the process.

Oil spill trajectory maps, (that show "greater than 90%" chance of reaching the shorelines of Nantucket Sound), in the event of an oil spill by Cape Wind, were just released by MMS. It is contestable that the Cape Wind scoping comment period ended before this information was released; when this report was completed in October of 2005. This delay of available information has the effect of silencing of agencies, tribes, tradesmen, as well as agencies of the state and federal government regarding this oil spill issue. According to a recent Cape Cod Times article, Mark Rodgers of Cape Wind said that this oil spill is a legitimate concern. Now, we as members of the public, trades, tribes and regulatory agencies, have missed the opportunity to present our concerns having been denied the opportunity to review this critically significant oil spill impact study, the oil spill trajectory maps. The MMS deadline for scoping comments, (held to determine relevant focus by regulators), by interested parties, ended for Cape Wind on July 28, 2006.

"Nye noted that "there will be more opportunities for the public to comment during this [environmental impact statement] process, including a 60-day commenting period following the publication of the Draft EIS in spring 2007 and at related public hearings on Long Island." This public comment period on the Draft EIS is also anticipated for Cape Wind; however, the scoping process is over. As such, the concern called legitimate by the developer of Cape Wind cannot be identified and incorporated as an “issue of relevant focus.”


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SEP 26 2006
https://www.windaction.org/posts/4851-long-island-opponents-concerns-warranted
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