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Jul 2, 2018 7:35 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Feds To Hold Future Wind Farm Development Meetings In Hampton Bays, Montauk On July 11 And 12

The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management will hold two public comment sessions next week to gather input on the development of additional offshore wind farms being considered south of Long Island and in the New York Bight.   COURTESY BUREAU OF OCEAN ENERGY MANAGEMENT
Jul 3, 2018 1:09 PM

The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management will hold two public comment sessions at local venues next week to gather input on the development of additional offshore wind farms that are being considered south of Long Island and in the New York Bight.

Officials from BOEM and the State Department of Environmental Conservation will host the first meeting at the Montauk Playhouse on Edgemere Street in Montauk on Wednesday, July 11, from 4 to 8 p.m.

The second meeting will be at the Shinnecock Commercial Docks on Dune Road in Hampton Bays the following day, July 12, also from 4 to 8 p.m.

Federal and state officials and scientists will be on hand to discuss input and objections regarding some of the more than 1 million acres of sea floor that BOEM has identified as potentially usable for wind farm development. The bulk of the area, which is divided in several places by shipping lanes and bounded by buffers for shorebirds and water depths too deep for wind turbines, is in the New York Bight—but one small section, about 200,000 acres, lies about 15 miles south of the South Fork.

The state went through an almost identical public discussion process a year ago, aimed largely at commercial fishermen, and tagged two broad swaths of sea floor on either side of the main New York Harbor shipping lanes as the locations most appropriate for large-scale wind farm development. The state eliminated the areas off the South Fork after fishermen argued that the stretch of ocean is a critical fishing ground for boats from all over the Northeast targeting squid in summertime.

Those unable to attend either meeting but wanting to register their input can leave written comments online at www.regulations.gov, and in the search bar, enter BOEM-2018-0004.

MICHAEL WRIGHT

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