Portal to Offshore Wind Power: New Bedford named staging port for Cape Wind

Sue Reid

Patrick Administration offshore wind expert Greg Watson with an artist's rendering of the future wind blade/turbine port facility. (Photo credit: Sue Reid)

At an event Wednesday afternoon in New Bedford, Governor Patrick, Congressman Frank, Mayor Lang, Secretary Bowles, Senator Montigny, DOER Commissioner Phil Giudice and a host of other local, state and federal officials together announced that New Bedford’s South Terminal will be developed as a deepwater port to serve the Cape Wind project and other offshore wind projects to follow.

Congressman Frank at the podium. (Photo credit: Sue Reid)

It was a rare chance to celebrate the progress that has been made in bringing the nation’s first offshore wind project to fruition after so many years.  And it was striking to see longshoremen side-by-side with electrical workers, environmental advocates, renewable energy industry stakeholders, politicians and former politicians, such as former New Bedford Mayor John Bullard who long has championed the benefits of wind power — on land and offshore alike. The key message of the day was hammered home by speakers who highlighted the New Bedford wind port as a compelling example of the sort of convergence between economic and environmental objectives that we all seek.  Exactly.

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8 Responses to “Portal to Offshore Wind Power: New Bedford named staging port for Cape Wind”

  1. The announced location of the Nantucket Wind project off Blackmer Street is not owned entirely by the state or the City of New Bedford. The sale or lease of the property will require a two-thirds vote by the legislature under Article 97 of the state constitution to give away or lease public property.

    There are plans to take portions of land by Eminent Domain. The owners of this property will argue the public is taking the land for public good but is overlooking the toxic abandoned Cannon Street Power Plant a few hundred feet away. The taxpayer cost to blast ledge and develop the Blackmere site is about 35 million. The cost of removing the toxins at the Cannon Street Power Plant is just over twenty-million.

    New Bedford is home to the New Bedford Harbor Superfund site and is a Brownfields Showcase Community. NOAA has a history of working with the City of New Bedford. It’s not clear how twenty acres of land on the New Bedford waterfront has never been developed and somehow must fit in the EPA scheme of Brownfields cleanup and exactly what other issues exist with the land.

    We need to look at why the Nantucket Wind project needs 600 million dollars of stimulus funds earmarked for Massachusetts. Massachusetts has received 5.6 billion in federal stimulus funds. If the Nantucket wind project was sited at Quonset Point, Rhode Island would they receive the 600 million of taxpayer stimulus funds?

    Governor Patrick seems particularly concerned about the ability to gain media attention over this deal prematurely just before the Nov 2 election. We all need to keep in mind the campaign promises just before the past elections over passenger train service, airport extensions, ocean port,aquarium,casinos,wind turbine testing facilities etc. Then ask yourselves why the Massachusetts legislature calls New Bedford the Bayou!

  2. The announced location of the Nantucket Wind project off Blackmer Street is not owned entirely by the state or the City of New Bedford. The sale or lease of the property will require a two-thirds vote by the legislature under Article 97 of the state constitution to give away or lease public property.

    There are plans to take portions of land by Eminent Domain. The owners of this property will argue the public is taking the land for public good but is overlooking the toxic abandoned Cannon Street Power Plant a few hundred feet away. The taxpayer cost to blast ledge and develop the Blackmere site is about 35 million. The cost of removing the toxins at the Cannon Street Power Plant is just over twenty-million.

    New Bedford is home to the New Bedford Harbor Superfund site and is a Brownfields Showcase Community. NOAA has a history of working with the City of New Bedford. It’s not clear how twenty acres of land on the New Bedford waterfront has never been developed and somehow must fit in the EPA scheme of Brownfields cleanup and exactly what other issues exist with the land.

    We need to look at why the Nantucket Wind project needs 600 million dollars of stimulus funds earmarked for Massachusetts. Massachusetts has received 5.6 billion in federal stimulus funds. If the Nantucket wind project was sited at Quonset Point, Rhode Island would they receive the 600 million of taxpayer stimulus funds?

    Governor Patrick seems particularly concerned about the ability to gain media attention over this deal prematurely just before the Nov 2 election. We all need to keep in mind the campaign promises just before the past elections over passenger train service, airport extensions, ocean port,aquarium,casinos,wind turbine testing facilities etc. Then ask yourselves why the Massachusetts legislature calls New Bedford the Bayou!

  3. The announced location of the Nantucket Wind project off Blackmer Street is not owned entirely by the state or the City of New Bedford. The sale or lease of the property will require a two-thirds vote by the legislature under Article 97 of the state constitution to give away or lease public property.

    There are plans to take portions of land by Eminent Domain. The owners of this property will argue the public is taking the land for public good but is overlooking the toxic abandoned Cannon Street Power Plant a few hundred feet away. The taxpayer cost to blast ledge and develop the Blackmere site is about 35 million. The cost of removing the toxins at the Cannon Street Power Plant is just over twenty-million.

    New Bedford is home to the New Bedford Harbor Superfund site and is a Brownfields Showcase Community. NOAA has a history of working with the City of New Bedford. It’s not clear how twenty acres of land on the New Bedford waterfront has never been developed and somehow must fit in the EPA scheme of Brownfields cleanup and exactly what other issues exist with the land.

    We need to look at why the Nantucket Wind project needs 600 million dollars of stimulus funds earmarked for Massachusetts. Massachusetts has received 5.6 billion in federal stimulus funds. If the Nantucket wind project was sited at Quonset Point, Rhode Island would they receive the 600 million of taxpayer stimulus funds?

    Governor Patrick seems particularly concerned about the ability to gain media attention over this deal prematurely just before the Nov 2 election. We all need to keep in mind the campaign promises just before the past elections over passenger train service, airport extensions, ocean port,aquarium,casinos,wind turbine testing facilities etc. Then ask yourselves why the Massachusetts legislature calls New Bedford the Bayou!

  4. The announced location of the Nantucket Wind project off Blackmer Street is not owned entirely by the state or the City of New Bedford. The sale or lease of the property will require a two-thirds vote by the legislature under Article 97 of the state constitution to give away or lease public property.

    There are plans to take portions of land by Eminent Domain. The owners of this property will argue the public is taking the land for public good but is overlooking the toxic abandoned Cannon Street Power Plant a few hundred feet away. The taxpayer cost to blast ledge and develop the Blackmere site is about 35 million. The cost of removing the toxins at the Cannon Street Power Plant is just over twenty-million.

    New Bedford is home to the New Bedford Harbor Superfund site and is a Brownfields Showcase Community. NOAA has a history of working with the City of New Bedford. It’s not clear how twenty acres of land on the New Bedford waterfront has never been developed and somehow must fit in the EPA scheme of Brownfields cleanup and exactly what other issues exist with the land.

    We need to look at why the Nantucket Wind project needs 600 million dollars of stimulus funds earmarked for Massachusetts. Massachusetts has received 5.6 billion in federal stimulus funds. If the Nantucket wind project was sited at Quonset Point, Rhode Island would they receive the 600 million of taxpayer stimulus funds?

    Governor Patrick seems particularly concerned about the ability to gain media attention over this deal prematurely just before the Nov 2 election. We all need to keep in mind the campaign promises just before the past elections over passenger train service, airport extensions, ocean port,aquarium,casinos,wind turbine testing facilities etc. Then ask yourselves why the Massachusetts legislature calls New Bedford the Bayou!

  5. This kind of information, really gets me upset. How in God’s name can anyone continue to think, that this present government represents any of the people it claims to? This is a great article on stating the truth of how this present government is not for us at all, as it clearly shows how it is there for themselves and whomever they are told to be there for, by following the monies. For, it is clearly not us, the small businessmen of America.

    So, not only do we have no say in how the monies are to be used of the stimulus monies, we have no say in if we want to endebt our state to the federal government is such a large amount. For the repayment to the feds, will come out of all of our pockets (taxes/inflation (hidden tax) ) one way or the other (mostly, by our, I mean, their representatives enforcements of taking our monies, because this kind of behaviour, handing over the fishing industry to the Feds, clearly shows us, that they are not our representatives), eventually. Without any of us being asked if we wanted to become endebted to the Federal Government for this or of any amount.

    So, the way I see it, not only are they going to try to, steal the fishing industry from the fishermen, which is, trying to steal it away from us, too. Because this affects all of us, in our local community, too. They are trying to steal the land via their eminient domain (“communism, as this takes away the will of the societies of man which has been bequethed by God and puts it the hands of man”) (this is a paraphrasing of an, excerpt from the book ‘The Red Amendment’ by LB Bork, founder of the People’s Awareness Coalition), the waters and what is in it, our monies and all of this is done for the sake of being able to get the stimulus monies funneled into accounts, created by certain Ruler Eltists, for them to be able to get their scaley little fingers on and siphon it down, until it is all gone and we all, will be left holding the bag of repayment to these dirty rotten bastards, that created all of this BS in the first place. Repayment, with interest I might add.

    I don’t like the end comment of analogising these thugs of representatives, with those of the Bayou. This kind of behaviour is commonplace amongst all Federal and State Representatives, in all of our state/nations of our Union. These behaviours of all representatives today, should be all the evidence/proof, anyone needs to know, that this present government is not of, our original de jure form, but, is in fact, of a de facto nature. For if they were, our de jure government, they would be for and with, all of us and not for the Eltists. Let us not confuse being there for and with us, as opposed to being there to take advantage of us, when the sharks see an opportunity, to prey upon us, whom most of us, are amongst the unknowing of our basics of all law.

    I have a question. I was wondering, if the waters off shore for building this off shore wind project are to be leased, by the private company who wants to build it? I know the Feds lease the rights of the waters (to the highest bidders) to BP, with the offshore oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. Do they, do that here, on a State level or is it the Federal Government leasing the rights to build and operate in our Massachusetts waters? And, I might add, the Federal Government has no legal authority to mandate any rules or regulations on any State of our Union of America, because the 14th Amendment was never legally ratified to begin with. This can be proved. When this is brought out and into the open for all to witness, those in control now, will be tried for treason against our de jure Founding Father’s governments. They have tried to set it up, so when our de jure governments are restored, that they will, not be held accountable, as in a statement very stealth like by Chief Justice on case of Thorington v. Smith states;

    “The distinguishing characteristic of such a government is that adherents to it in war against the government de jure do not incur the penalties of treason; and, under certain limitations, obligations assumed by it in behalf of the country or otherwise will be respected by the government de jure when restored.”

    “Accordingly there may be a plan to restore the governments de jure. Also, notice the de facto governments will not suffer penalties of treason. Well, they so believe. Maybe Marx’s Ruling Elite will be held against crimes against humanity, i.e. Political/War Crimes.: Also, an excerpt from LB Bork’s book, The Red Amendment.

  6. This kind of information, really gets me upset. How in God’s name can anyone continue to think, that this present government represents any of the people it claims to? This is a great article on stating the truth of how this present government is not for us at all, as it clearly shows how it is there for themselves and whomever they are told to be there for, by following the monies. For, it is clearly not us, the small businessmen of America.

    So, not only do we have no say in how the monies are to be used of the stimulus monies, we have no say in if we want to endebt our state to the federal government is such a large amount. For the repayment to the feds, will come out of all of our pockets (taxes/inflation (hidden tax) ) one way or the other (mostly, by our, I mean, their representatives enforcements of taking our monies, because this kind of behaviour, handing over the fishing industry to the Feds, clearly shows us, that they are not our representatives), eventually. Without any of us being asked if we wanted to become endebted to the Federal Government for this or of any amount.

    So, the way I see it, not only are they going to try to, steal the fishing industry from the fishermen, which is, trying to steal it away from us, too. Because this affects all of us, in our local community, too. They are trying to steal the land via their eminient domain (“communism, as this takes away the will of the societies of man which has been bequethed by God and puts it the hands of man”) (this is a paraphrasing of an, excerpt from the book ‘The Red Amendment’ by LB Bork, founder of the People’s Awareness Coalition), the waters and what is in it, our monies and all of this is done for the sake of being able to get the stimulus monies funneled into accounts, created by certain Ruler Eltists, for them to be able to get their scaley little fingers on and siphon it down, until it is all gone and we all, will be left holding the bag of repayment to these dirty rotten bastards, that created all of this BS in the first place. Repayment, with interest I might add.

    I don’t like the end comment of analogising these thugs of representatives, with those of the Bayou. This kind of behaviour is commonplace amongst all Federal and State Representatives, in all of our state/nations of our Union. These behaviours of all representatives today, should be all the evidence/proof, anyone needs to know, that this present government is not of, our original de jure form, but, is in fact, of a de facto nature. For if they were, our de jure government, they would be for and with, all of us and not for the Eltists. Let us not confuse being there for and with us, as opposed to being there to take advantage of us, when the sharks see an opportunity, to prey upon us, whom most of us, are amongst the unknowing of our basics of all law.

    I have a question. I was wondering, if the waters off shore for building this off shore wind project are to be leased, by the private company who wants to build it? I know the Feds lease the rights of the waters (to the highest bidders) to BP, with the offshore oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. Do they, do that here, on a State level or is it the Federal Government leasing the rights to build and operate in our Massachusetts waters? And, I might add, the Federal Government has no legal authority to mandate any rules or regulations on any State of our Union of America, because the 14th Amendment was never legally ratified to begin with. This can be proved. When this is brought out and into the open for all to witness, those in control now, will be tried for treason against our de jure Founding Father’s governments. They have tried to set it up, so when our de jure governments are restored, that they will, not be held accountable, as in a statement very stealth like by Chief Justice on case of Thorington v. Smith states;

    “The distinguishing characteristic of such a government is that adherents to it in war against the government de jure do not incur the penalties of treason; and, under certain limitations, obligations assumed by it in behalf of the country or otherwise will be respected by the government de jure when restored.”

    “Accordingly there may be a plan to restore the governments de jure. Also, notice the de facto governments will not suffer penalties of treason. Well, they so believe. Maybe Marx’s Ruling Elite will be held against crimes against humanity, i.e. Political/War Crimes.: Also, an excerpt from LB Bork’s book, The Red Amendment.

  7. This kind of information, really gets me upset. How in God’s name can anyone continue to think, that this present government represents any of the people it claims to? This is a great article on stating the truth of how this present government is not for us at all, as it clearly shows how it is there for themselves and whomever they are told to be there for, by following the monies. For, it is clearly not us, the small businessmen of America.

    So, not only do we have no say in how the monies are to be used of the stimulus monies, we have no say in if we want to endebt our state to the federal government is such a large amount. For the repayment to the feds, will come out of all of our pockets (taxes/inflation (hidden tax) ) one way or the other (mostly, by our, I mean, their representatives enforcements of taking our monies, because this kind of behaviour, handing over the fishing industry to the Feds, clearly shows us, that they are not our representatives), eventually. Without any of us being asked if we wanted to become endebted to the Federal Government for this or of any amount.

    So, the way I see it, not only are they going to try to, steal the fishing industry from the fishermen, which is, trying to steal it away from us, too. Because this affects all of us, in our local community, too. They are trying to steal the land via their eminient domain (“communism, as this takes away the will of the societies of man which has been bequethed by God and puts it the hands of man”) (this is a paraphrasing of an, excerpt from the book ‘The Red Amendment’ by LB Bork, founder of the People’s Awareness Coalition), the waters and what is in it, our monies and all of this is done for the sake of being able to get the stimulus monies funneled into accounts, created by certain Ruler Eltists, for them to be able to get their scaley little fingers on and siphon it down, until it is all gone and we all, will be left holding the bag of repayment to these dirty rotten bastards, that created all of this BS in the first place. Repayment, with interest I might add.

    I don’t like the end comment of analogising these thugs of representatives, with those of the Bayou. This kind of behaviour is commonplace amongst all Federal and State Representatives, in all of our state/nations of our Union. These behaviours of all representatives today, should be all the evidence/proof, anyone needs to know, that this present government is not of, our original de jure form, but, is in fact, of a de facto nature. For if they were, our de jure government, they would be for and with, all of us and not for the Eltists. Let us not confuse being there for and with us, as opposed to being there to take advantage of us, when the sharks see an opportunity, to prey upon us, whom most of us, are amongst the unknowing of our basics of all law.

    I have a question. I was wondering, if the waters off shore for building this off shore wind project are to be leased, by the private company who wants to build it? I know the Feds lease the rights of the waters (to the highest bidders) to BP, with the offshore oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. Do they, do that here, on a State level or is it the Federal Government leasing the rights to build and operate in our Massachusetts waters? And, I might add, the Federal Government has no legal authority to mandate any rules or regulations on any State of our Union of America, because the 14th Amendment was never legally ratified to begin with. This can be proved. When this is brought out and into the open for all to witness, those in control now, will be tried for treason against our de jure Founding Father’s governments. They have tried to set it up, so when our de jure governments are restored, that they will, not be held accountable, as in a statement very stealth like by Chief Justice on case of Thorington v. Smith states;

    “The distinguishing characteristic of such a government is that adherents to it in war against the government de jure do not incur the penalties of treason; and, under certain limitations, obligations assumed by it in behalf of the country or otherwise will be respected by the government de jure when restored.”

    “Accordingly there may be a plan to restore the governments de jure. Also, notice the de facto governments will not suffer penalties of treason. Well, they so believe. Maybe Marx’s Ruling Elite will be held against crimes against humanity, i.e. Political/War Crimes.: Also, an excerpt from LB Bork’s book, The Red Amendment.

  8. This kind of information, really gets me upset. How in God’s name can anyone continue to think, that this present government represents any of the people it claims to? This is a great article on stating the truth of how this present government is not for us at all, as it clearly shows how it is there for themselves and whomever they are told to be there for, by following the monies. For, it is clearly not us, the small businessmen of America.

    So, not only do we have no say in how the monies are to be used of the stimulus monies, we have no say in if we want to endebt our state to the federal government is such a large amount. For the repayment to the feds, will come out of all of our pockets (taxes/inflation (hidden tax) ) one way or the other (mostly, by our, I mean, their representatives enforcements of taking our monies, because this kind of behaviour, handing over the fishing industry to the Feds, clearly shows us, that they are not our representatives), eventually. Without any of us being asked if we wanted to become endebted to the Federal Government for this or of any amount.

    So, the way I see it, not only are they going to try to, steal the fishing industry from the fishermen, which is, trying to steal it away from us, too. Because this affects all of us, in our local community, too. They are trying to steal the land via their eminient domain (“communism, as this takes away the will of the societies of man which has been bequethed by God and puts it the hands of man”) (this is a paraphrasing of an, excerpt from the book ‘The Red Amendment’ by LB Bork, founder of the People’s Awareness Coalition), the waters and what is in it, our monies and all of this is done for the sake of being able to get the stimulus monies funneled into accounts, created by certain Ruler Eltists, for them to be able to get their scaley little fingers on and siphon it down, until it is all gone and we all, will be left holding the bag of repayment to these dirty rotten bastards, that created all of this BS in the first place. Repayment, with interest I might add.

    I don’t like the end comment of analogising these thugs of representatives, with those of the Bayou. This kind of behaviour is commonplace amongst all Federal and State Representatives, in all of our state/nations of our Union. These behaviours of all representatives today, should be all the evidence/proof, anyone needs to know, that this present government is not of, our original de jure form, but, is in fact, of a de facto nature. For if they were, our de jure government, they would be for and with, all of us and not for the Eltists. Let us not confuse being there for and with us, as opposed to being there to take advantage of us, when the sharks see an opportunity, to prey upon us, whom most of us, are amongst the unknowing of our basics of all law.

    I have a question. I was wondering, if the waters off shore for building this off shore wind project are to be leased, by the private company who wants to build it? I know the Feds lease the rights of the waters (to the highest bidders) to BP, with the offshore oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. Do they, do that here, on a State level or is it the Federal Government leasing the rights to build and operate in our Massachusetts waters? And, I might add, the Federal Government has no legal authority to mandate any rules or regulations on any State of our Union of America, because the 14th Amendment was never legally ratified to begin with. This can be proved. When this is brought out and into the open for all to witness, those in control now, will be tried for treason against our de jure Founding Father’s governments. They have tried to set it up, so when our de jure governments are restored, that they will, not be held accountable, as in a statement very stealth like by Chief Justice on case of Thorington v. Smith states;

    “The distinguishing characteristic of such a government is that adherents to it in war against the government de jure do not incur the penalties of treason; and, under certain limitations, obligations assumed by it in behalf of the country or otherwise will be respected by the government de jure when restored.”

    “Accordingly there may be a plan to restore the governments de jure. Also, notice the de facto governments will not suffer penalties of treason. Well, they so believe. Maybe Marx’s Ruling Elite will be held against crimes against humanity, i.e. Political/War Crimes.: Also, an excerpt from LB Bork’s book, The Red Amendment.

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