Cape Wind Draft Environmental Impact Statement Released: CLF Hopeful Project Can Move Quickly to Approval - Conservation Law Foundation

Cape Wind Draft Environmental Impact Statement Released: CLF Hopeful Project Can Move Quickly to Approval

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Boston, MA (January 14, 2008) – The US Minerals Management Service today released its Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Cape Wind clean energy project in Nantucket Sound. The announcement marks another milestone in what would become the nation’s largest offshore wind project. The Conservation Law Foundation, New England’s leading environmental group and a long-time advocate of the project, issued the following statement from President Philip Warburg.

On the project’s importance:
“Cape Wind is one of the nation’s most promising clean energy projects. When built its 130 turbines will deliver clean energy to thousands of households, making an immediate impact in the region’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and end our dependency on dirty fossil fuels.”

On the DEIS and next steps:
“Cape Wind has undergone a thoughtful and detailed analysis of its environmental impact and continues to receive extensive input from the public and an alphabet soup of government agencies. We don’t expect any surprises in the DEIS and will participate throughout the public comment period to ensure that the project can deliver the greatest benefit to the environment and residents of Massachusetts. After the DEIS is finalized we are hopeful Cape Wind can then move expeditiously through the permitting process so that our region can benefit from the cleaner air and healthier future wind-generated energy will deliver.”

BACKGROUND ON THE CAPE WIND DEIS AND NEXT STEPS:
> To download the Cape Wind Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) visit:
http://www.mms.gov/offshore/RenewableEnergy/CapeWind.htm
> Out of 118 categories of potential impacts considered, all but 9 were deemed “negligible” (no measurable impact) to “minor” (can be avoided through proper mitigation or would recover completely at the end of the project construction without any mitigation).
> The remaining 9 were deemed “moderate,” which means (in the context of the biological and physical resources, e.g. birds and habitat) that although they are unavoidable they do not threaten the viability of the resource, and the resource will recover completely with proper mitigation.
> The MMS is expected publish the DEIS in the federal register this Friday January 18.
> There will be a 60 day comment period.
> MMS will hold four public hearings on the DEIS in Hyannis/Yarmouth, Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard, and Boston, Massachusetts.
> After the public comment period is completed, the MMS will issue a final Environmental Impact Statement for the project.

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The Conservation Law Foundation works to solve the environmental problems that threaten the people, natural resources and communities of New England. CLF’s advocates use law, economics and science to design and implement strategies that conserve natural resources, protect public health, and promote vital communities in our region. Founded in 1966, CLF is a nonprofit, member-supported organization. It has offices in Boston, Massachusetts; Concord, New Hampshire; Providence, Rhode Island; Montpelier, Vermont; and Brunswick, Maine.

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