Coast Guard gives in to Oberstar, delays report for a month; New stealth moves to block Cape Wind

Wind farm navigation finding delayed until Jan. 15
Public meeting set Thursday in Falmouth for more comments

Connie Terrell, a spokeswoman for the Coast Guard, said yesterday that,in the wake of Oberstar's request, the Guard decided to solicitcomments from the public for 30 days before releasing itsrecommendation. It will hold a public meeting in Falmouth on Thursday.

The Coast Guard, at the urging of a Minnesota congressman, will delayby one month its recommendation on the advisability of the nation'sfirst proposed offshore wind farm. It was not clear yesterday whetherthat will delay the key environmental review of Cape Wind - expected inthe next two weeks - that was expected to pave the way for the massiveproject to move ahead.

Coast Guard Captain Raymond Perry had said on Dec. 5 the Coast Guardexpected to deliver recommendations by tomorrow. He indicated that anyimpact on navigation of the proposal to erect 130 wind turbines inNantucket Sound could be mitigated, and called the project "doable."Yesterday, Terrell said that the Coast Guard is now scheduled toprovide comments to the agency on Jan. 15.

It remains unclearwhether the delay will prevent the Minerals Management Service, theagency responsible for evaluating Cape Wind and awarding its lease,from issuing its final environmental review by the end the year asplanned... Globe.

Minnesota Congressman threatening the Coast Guard to stop the wind farm

More corruption by Cape Wind foes

Since 2002, the bottomless pocketsof the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound have been dedicated tocreating a Houdini-like illusion of environmental problems associatedwith the 130-turbine, 468-megawatt Cape Wind project and, by proxy,with all offshore wind farms.
   People associated with the tax-exemptorganization have sponsored the forging of signatures on anti-wind farmpetitions, disseminated a false press release implying scurrilousbehavior by Cape Wind chief executive Jim Gordon, clogged state andfederal courts with frivolous law suits and manipulated politics at avery high level, ultimately (however unintentionally) revealingstrange-bedfellow relationships in Washington, such as betweennow disgraced Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens and Massachusetts Sen. EdwardKennedy.
   The tax-exempt Alliance has spent millions on lobbyists andmore millions on lawyers, holding democracy hostage while manipulatingthe regulatory process year after year . . . after year... Providence Journal.

In moves reminiscent of the past behind the scene ploys to derail the regulatoryreview process for Cape Wind, Congressman James Oberstar (D-Minnesota) has managed to block a Coast Guard report which was to be a part of the Federal Environmental Impact Statement(FEIS) to be released this month.

Congressman Oberstar delays wind farm report
Coast Guard Capt. Raymond Perry had called the Cape Wind project "doable"

A Minnesota Congressman sent a letter this week to the Coast Guard asking it to delay its final recommendation on a proposal that would put a wind farm off the coast of Cape Cod.  In the letter dated Wednesday, U.S. Rep. James Oberstar asked that recommendations to the U.S. Department of Interior's Minerals Management Service be delayed for at least 60 days to allow for public comment on a study of the wind farm's impact on marine radar and safety. (Editor's note: The Coast Guard Saturday said it would delay the report for ONE month.)

The Coast Guard released the radar study earlier this month. After the release of the study, Coast Guard Capt. Raymond Perry called the wind project "doable." The Coast Guard's recommendations were scheduled to be issued to the Minerals Management Service on Monday... Worcester Telegram.

Below are three reports on this matter by our staff.

  • Congressman: Delay Cape Wind; New hearings possible [cct]

    Oberstar, whose committee oversees Coast Guard, balks at timing of report Cape Wind, environmental groups, tradesmen blast move

  • Clean Power Now reveals stealth moves to stop Cape Wind [cct]

    11,650 member grassroots org. enlists Cape Codders to stop the skulduggeryBlatant, political moves by Kennedy, Delahunt.

  • DC meddling seeks to delay release of positive CW report [cct]
    Boston and New England Maritime Trades Council also calls for swift conclusion to Cape Wind's permitting review. A dozen groups say meddling seeks to delay release of positive environmental report.

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