Cape Wind permitting update; Three local stories on Global warming

The Cape Wind permitting  process is moving foreward
Federal Interior Department DEIS now scheduled for next month


Minerals Management Service (MMS) is expected to release their Draft Environmental Impact Statement on Cape Wind NEXT MONTH - in August. 

East Coast awaits the wind
Multiple reports and studies, especially those published in the last year, suggest the United States, specifically the East Coast, has great potential for offshore wind.
   The politicized debate over whether to develop wind power offshore has dragged on since the late 1990s. Since then there have been several other proposals, none of which has been completely approved.
   The Cape Wind project, proposed in 2001, received approval in March from the Massachusetts Office of Environmental Affairs in its Final Environmental Impact Report but is still waiting for approval from a variety of state agencies as well as the Department of Interior's Mineral Management Services.
   MMS must also conduct both a draft and final environmental impact statement for each proposed project. 
This lengthy and comprehensive document will analyze virtually every aspect of Cape Wind.  The release of this major report will provide the public an important opportunity to make your voice heard on Cape Wind with the lead Federal Permitting decision-makers during an open public comment period and public hearings. 

MMS has stated they expect to make a final permit decision on Cape Wind by the middle of next year, 2008.  After a long lull you can expect the speed of Cape Wind's permitting review to dramatically pick up in the coming weeks and months.

This new impact study is covering basically the same ground which the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers study covered previously, and no new obstucles appear to have arisen according to informed sources. In fact, many of the USACE's minor concerns have been satisfied by subsequent events and studies. 

There will be several opportunities for Cape Codders to participate. This newspaper will keep readers informed of these permitting milestones and developments as they take place.
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Global Warming Impacts Hit Region - 3 local stories
Nantucket Sound project equivilent to taking 175,000 cars off the road

globalwarmingpolarbear_346According to a relase from Cape Wind this week, the project is an important local example of a step our region can take to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and take action on global warming. 

Recently, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs found that Cape Wind would be comparable to taking 175,000 cars off the road in terms of greenhouse gas emission reductions.  The Natural Resources Defense Council has called Cape Wind "the largest single source of supply-side reductions in CO2 currently proposed in the U.S." 

Additionally, the importance of taking action on global warming has been underscored by three news articles yesterday about negative impacts to our region. 

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