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What’s New?

On October 17, 2018, the Secretary of the Interior announced BOEM will publish a Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for a Construction and Operations Plan (COP) submitted by Deepwater Wind South Fork LLC (Deepwater Wind). If approved, the COP would allow construction and operation of up to 15 turbines that connect via a transmission cable to a grid in East Hampton, New York - the east end of Long Island. The project is approximately 19 miles southeast of Block Island, Rhode Island.

The publication of the NOI initiated the public scoping process and opened a 30-day public comment period, which ended on November 19, 2018. During this time, BOEM held public scoping meetings and accepted comments. Comments on the NOI can be found https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=BOEM-2018-0010. The public scoping process is used to identify issues and potential alternatives for consideration in the EIS.

During the public comment period, BOEM held three public meetings to be held at the following locations.


Amagansett

Monday, November 5, 2018
American Legion Post 419
15 Montauk Highway
Amagansett, New York 11930
Open House 5:00-8:00 p.m.
Presentation and Q&A 6:00 p.m.

New Bedford

Wednesday, November 7, 2018
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth School for Marine Science and Technology East
836 South Rodney French Boulevard
New Bedford, Massachusetts 02744
Open House 5:00-8:00 p.m.
Presentation and Q&A 6:00 p.m.

Narragansett

Thursday, November 8, 2018
Narragansett Community Center
53 Mumford Road
Narragansett,  Rhode Island 02882
Open House 5:00-8:00 p.m.
Presentation and Q&A 6:00 p.m.

 


How to Comment:

Comments and other submissions of information may be submitted by either of the following two methods:

  1. Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov.  In the entry titled “Enter Keyword or ID,” enter BOEM-2018-0010, and then click “search.”  Follow the instructions to submit public comments and view supporting and related materials available for this notice. 
  1. U.S.  Postal Service or other delivery service.  Send your comments and information to the following address: 

    Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
    Office of Renewable Energy Programs
    45600 Woodland Road (VAM-OREP)
    Sterling, Virginia 20166

Construction and Operations Plan

Deepwater Wind submitted its COP on June 29, 2018. BOEM will review the COP and approve, disapprove, or approve with modifications the proposed activities. This submission will initiate environmental review and public comment under the National Environmental Policy Act.

The project is located within federal waters on the OCS, specifically in BOEM Renewable Energy Lease Area OCS-A 0486 (Lease Area), 2 approximately 19 miles (30.6 kilometers [km], 16.6 nautical miles [nm]) southeast of Block Island, Rhode Island, and 35 mi (56.3 km, 30.4 nm) east of Montauk Point, New York.

Construction and Operations Plan for Lease OCS-A 0486

Site Assessment Plan

On October 12, 2017, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management approved the Site Assessment Plan (SAP) for Lease OCS-A 0486 (Deepwater Wind New England LLC). The SAP approval allows for the installation of an AXYS FLiDAR 6M™ meteorological buoy within the lease area. For additional information, please find the approved SAP and conditions of approval below:

The SAP was filed on April 1, 2016, with revisions filed in July, September, and November 2016. BOEM determined the SAP was complete on October 7, 2016.

Environmental Review

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) published a Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Construction and Operations Plan (COP) submitted by Deepwater Wind South Fork LLC (Deepwater Wind) on October 19. 2019.

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