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Bonnie Brady, executive director of the Long Island Commercial Fishing Association, said she felt blindsided by the announcement and that there has been minimal communication between Equinor and fishermen. “Why didn’t this process start more organically from the beginning, in a way that actively includes fisherman, so that no one is ultimately put out of business or put into a scenario where they lose traditional historical fishing grounds that are sustainably fished and have been,” she said.
In official comments to the US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) submitted July 30, 2018, New York suggested the wind turbines be no closer than 20 miles from shore. This recommendation was based upon an earlier study by BOEM that concluded that 600-foot-high turbines produced a “dominate impact “on the beach view 15 miles offshore. Adjusting for the new 50% taller turbines, the suggested distance from the shore should be 30 miles. In Europe, the closest lease area for these jumbo turbines is 44 miles out. The New York decision begs the question of why lease areas from Maryland to Massachusetts aren’t being rejected on the same merits.
LIPA argues that ratepayers statewide will benefit from the grid upgrades on Long Island and in New York City, so the costs should be shared equally across the state. But the state Public Service Commission says the lion's share of the cost should be borne by ratepayers in the "energy-congested" regions such as Long Island and New York City that are receiving the upgrade and who it says will benefit more from higher-capacity power lines and other enhancements.
The Atlantic coast contains some of the most productive fisheries in the world. BOEM is supposed to work with fisheries interests to ensure offshore wind development does not adversely affect habitat and the livelihood of fishermen. In fact, in December of last year, the Department of the Interior issued a detailed memo stating that the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act prohibits offshore wind approvals if a project would interfere with fishing. But just a few weeks ago, the administration reversed those findings.
The federal government has removed two offshore wind-energy
“Everyone is suffering from an incredible burnout over this whole process,” said Bonnie Brady, a commercial fishing advocate whose husband captains a Montauk dragger. “We’ve been fighting this battle for eight years and it doesn’t seem like we’re being listened to at all. They say ‘Oh, the fishermen are being heard,’ but the energy island they are building out there is in the heart of areas so important to fishermen from New York.” Ms. Brady said that the frantic pace to put up wind turbines is galling because by simply waiting for technology to allow the turbines to be placed further offshore, where the depth of the water is prohibitive to current turbine construction styles, the impacts to the migration routes of many marine species and the fishermen who pursue them could be greatly reduced.
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Proposed areas to the west can provide "more than enough" wind-energy capacity to meet the region's need without having to develop the off-Hamptons areas, named Fairways North and Fairways South. Public officials and fishing groups oppose windfarms in the Fairways areas, which at 15 miles from shore would be visible from beaches and some of the nation’s most expensive houses.
I am writing in response to a recent Post-Journal and OBSERVER article regarding the Cassadaga Wind Project. Owner RWE claims, “Local support for the project remains strong.” I do not believe our local bats, eagles, raptors, songbirds, most living creatures or most turbine neighbors agree with RWE.
Opponents of the Wainscott landing proposal, led by the Citizens for the Preservation of Wainscott, have presented reams of evidence in support of having the cable brought ashore in Amagansett or Hither Hills instead of in Wainscott. The wind farm developers — the Danish energy giant Ørsted and it’s partner, the New England utility company Eversource — have argued that the Beach Lane landing would be the shortest and least disruptive route between the sea and the East Hampton substation.
A Huntington Town councilman has filed suit against a state review board and LIPA, charging they failed to get legally required approval for billions in LIPA contracts and other "projects," including the utility's pursuit of tax challenges of Long Island’s biggest power plants.
The leading theory about why renewable energy projects were not being built places the blame on rural opposition. The theory is that the projects are good but uninformed people cause problems.
LOWVILLE — Trees are being cleared in the town of Harrisburg to make way for the next wind farm in Lewis County, Invenergy's Number Three Wind, LLC.
A 2020 state law stripped local control from the site selection process, in effect giving renewable energy developers a blank check regarding site location. From Queens to Grand Island, local control has played a role in Amazon’s site selection, but the state has decided that for renewable energy local input is irrelevant. If this seems like a staggeringly incongruous application of land use strategy, you’re right.
Wind turbines near Interstate 90 that sit unused and inoperable are just one reason state Sen. George Borrello wants the state Department of Environmental Conservation to take more time on renewable energy proposals.
The old mine, in the Town of Moriah near the shores of Lake Champlain, is now one of the most important refuges for bats in North America. The Barton Hill hibernaculum, as it’s known, is a winter home to some 50,000 bats, including one of the largest populations of endangered Indiana bats outside of the Midwest. There are more bats in the mine than almost anywhere else in the Northeast. They may now all be in peril. Just down the hill, a developer is looking to reopen a pair of mines that closed in the 1970s to create a new hydroelectricity project.
The proceeding contends the town rushed the process through without the proper review and did so in part to thwart the residents’ efforts to incorporate the hamlet as a village. It also says the developer "purchased the town’s compliance," referring to a $28.9 million community benefits package offered by the developers as part of the deal.
“Lake Erie alone is the source of drinking water for more than 11 million people. … So those of you that are in suppoprt of this, I commend you and I also ask you to stand with us as we push back against this deadly and dangerous push to put industrial wind turbines in our freshwater lakes, which by the way is not done anywhere else in the world. I do not want to be the guinea pig for something that could be disastrous and have a disastrous impact on so many New Yorkers.”
The East Hampton portion of the South Fork Wind Farm project would include some of the cable running beneath a beach in Wainscott, then to a power substation in East Hampton Village.
Bonnie Brady is executive director of the Long Island Commercial Fishing Association. She says the East Hampton Town Trustees should wait to see a stronger management plan for fisheries. "To date, there is not an effective fisheries mitigation plan. There is not an effective program for compensation for lost year and/or for survey work and what happens to fisherman when they aren’t allowed to fish in their areas," Brady said.