Project could be serving The Cape by 2011
Nantucket wind farm takes a major step forward
BOSTON, MA -- Cape Wind today said the proposed wind farm on Nantucket Sound has passed a major milestone at the start of its final year of permitting with the release of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) from the lead Federal permitting agency, the Minerals management Service (MMS) of the Department of Interior.
Jim Gordon appeared tonight on WGHB-TV' s "Greater Boston" (above right) at 7pm and on WBZ radio Nightside with Dan Rae at 9pm.
Jim Gordon, shown here at the Data Test Tower in Nantucket Sound where the wind was gusting to 35mph and higher today, was very pleased with the MMS Draft Environmental Impact Study released this mrning.The company mentions these points as indicators of the MMS' approval drawn from its report released this morning;
Statement by president of Cape Wind;
- Horseshoe Shoal in Nantucket Sound is environmentally and economically superior to the alternative sites that were studied.
- Cape Wind will reduce regional emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) by 880,000 tons per year. CO2 is a greenhouse gas that causes climate change.
- Cape Wind will reduce regional air pollution emissions such as sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide that harm human health.
- Cape Wind will create hundreds of jobs.
- Cape Wind will provide a needed supply of electricity and improve electric diversification and reliability.
- Cape Wind will go a long way toward Massachusetts being able to achieve its renewable energy requirements under the State’s Renewable Portfolio Standard.
- Cape Wind will not have major impacts on birds, fish, marine mammals, fishing, tourism, or on sea or air navigation.
Jim Gordon said today, “With news of $100 a barrel oil, urgent calls from scientists to take action on climate change and with the public’s desire for greater energy independence and new jobs, this report couldn’t come at a more important moment.”
“The release of this report will move Cape Wind forward and help establish Massachusetts as a world leader in offshore renewable energy,” Gordon continued.
This MMS DEIS comes three years after the former Federal lead reviewing agency, the US Army Corps of Engineers issued their comprehensive review of Cape Wind that found significant public benefits and few negative impacts. In 2005, the Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board approved Cape Wind’s application after a 33-month review finding the project would provide needed power, reduce energy costs by $25 million dollars per year and provide significant air quality benefits for New England.
In his March 2007 Certificate, Massachusetts Secretary of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs Ian Bowles said of Cape Wind: “Overall, the project represents a balanced and thoughtful commitment to action that will contribute to the long-term preservation and enhancement of our environment.”
Cape Wind encourages the public and interested stakeholders to participate in the 60-day public comment period by sending written comments to the MMS and by speaking at the four public hearings in March.
The MMS has previously stated they expect to issue a Final Environmental Impact Statement and to issue a Record of Decision on Cape Wind later this year.